Volunteering


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oregon Department of Forestry. Volunteers are the backbone of our recreation program, with support for hiking, biking, OHV riding, target shooting, and everything in between.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, ODF has suspended many of the department's former volunteer operations. However, many opportunities (Campground Host, Tillamook Forest Center hosts) remain and the ODF Recreation, Education, and Interpretation program is in the process of establishing new protocols for volunteer opportunities as the state formally reopens to the public, and hope to resume paused programs soon.

Camp Hosting:

The ODF Recreation program has camp host positions at eight campgrounds spread across the Tillamook, Santiam and Clatsop state forests. Each year, opportunities arise for camp hosts throughout the forests, and everyone interested is encouraged to seek further information.

All camp hosts are provided:
  • Free campsite in a scenic campground
  • Firewood throughout the season
  • Power (An ODF generator with propane or electrical hook-ups)
  • Water (Either from a water tank or the campground system)
  • Septic (Either into below-ground tank or a RV tank)
  • ODF Uniforms and Gear
  • Training in the Recreational Field
The host season runs from the middle of May through the middle of October. All hosts are preferred to stay for at least two months, but can serve many different periods. 

For more information, please contact Joe Offer, Recreation Program Manager, at 503-359-7464.

Tillamook Forest Center Volunteering:

The Tillamook Forest Center invites you to consider sharing your passion and experience to help make the center a memorable place for visitors. Whether assisting with programs, meeting and greeting visitors in the exhibit hall or on the trails, working in the gift shop and at the information desk, or helping behind the scenes, volunteers bring their own special insights and know-how to the Tillamook Forest Center team. For more information, please visit the Tillamook Forest Center​ website​.


We thank you for your support, which allows us to continue our mission to create lasting and diverse outdoor recreational, interpretive, and educational experiences that inspire visitors to enjoy, respect, and connect with Oregon's state forests.