Help the Foundation
The Oregon State Parks Foundation can use volunteers for administrative and professional services such as: membership fulfillment, web design, graphic design, public relations and marketing. If you are interested in volunteering your services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help the State Parks Department
The Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers seven basic volunteer programs listed below. These are supported by two statewide volunteer coordinators in the Salem office. For current volunteer opportunities in our state parks, please visit OPRD’s volunteer page here or call 1-800-551-6949.
- Park Hosts
- Annual Clean-ups
- Friends Groups
- Special Projects
- Youth VIP’s (Volunteers in Parks)
- Junior Rangers
Help Friends Groups
Friends Groups also have opportunities for volunteers to help. Here are a few examples:
The Friends of Tryon Creek (FOTC) is a nonprofit organization housed in the Nature Center of Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 650-acre green space in southwest Portland. Our mission, in partnership with Oregon State Parks, is to inspire and nurture relationships with nature in our unique urban forest. Since 1970, FOTC has provided environmental education programs for all ages through its many camps, events and workshops, and has lead restoration efforts resulting in 200 acres cleared of invasive species. Click the links below to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Friends of Tryon Creek.
The Nature Store at Silver Falls State Park is a wonderful volunteer opportunity if you like working in a lovely forest setting and meeting and introducing visitors from all over the world to Oregon’s largest state park. We ask our volunteers to come once a week for a four-hour shift. We set a monthly schedule because almost all of our volunteers are retired so we work around their trips and vacations. The volunteers are issued name tags and wear a vest to identify them as Friends volunteers. There is some training involved to learn information about the park in order to answer visitor questions and to operate the point of sale machine. We have several socials throughout the year, mainly an awards dinner in April, a barbecue at the end of the season, and a nice Christmas party where we decorate the Lodge for Christmas.