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Ethan Litson

Name: Ethan Litson
From: Dexter, Oregon
Where I volunteer: Willamette National Forest
How long I’ve been volunteering: 1.5 years
What I do: I am an elementary student and a mountain biker.
In my own words: It makes me feel good knowing what I do on the trail means others can experience it. I like to ride the trails I have worked on because I remember those places I fixed.
A photo of Willamette National Forest volunteer Ethan Litson

Why should I volunteer?

Consider becoming a volunteer. Your interests and experiences can help with just about any aspect of the agency’s work except law enforcement and firefighting. You will become part of an army of more than 2.5 million volunteers who, since 1972, have provided more than 100 million hours of service that is valued at about $1.2 billion. Volunteering provides you a great opportunity to:

  • Earn college credits with volunteer internships
  • Diversify your job experience
  • Provide community service
  • Increase your career choices
  • Meet people and form new friendships

What can I do?

Volunteers are at the very heart of the Forest Service. Jobs range from office work to vigorous physical outdoor labor. No experience is required for most positions, but let us know your area of expertise. Volunteer opportunities are available for a day, a weekend, a week or long-term. Find out how you can help 

Who can volunteer?

  • Anyone 18 years or older may apply to become a volunteer.
  • Anyone under age 18 may participate by working with their family, a group such as the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or a responsible adult.
  • Companies, non-profits, associations and other groups may organize to work on a specific project, such as adopting a forest or trail.
  • International visitors may volunteer only with advance planning, approval and appropriate visa. Find out more about the International Visitor Program

How do I get started?

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