Volunteering with ODF is a great way to engage with your community, improve the environment and make a personal mark on the places you visit and enjoy.

There are many ways you can help care for Oregon's State Forests, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. ​Check out the volunteer opportunities below to see how you can get involved.

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: Tillamook Forest Center.

Camp hosting is a great way to travel around the United States experiencing new areas and meeting new people. ODF offers camp host positions at eight rustic campgrounds and one visitor center spread across the Tillamook, Santiam and Clatsop State Forests in Northwest Oregon.


Most host sites provide: 

  • A free campsite in a scenic campground                   
  • Firewood                                                                                        
  • A generator (at sites without electricity)                                   
  • Gas & propane (at sites without electricity)
  • Septic field (at select sites)​

The host season runs from the middle of May through the middle of October, and camp hosts generally serve for a one month period. Applications are being accepted through March 31, 2020 or until the camp host vacancies are filled. ​We are currently recruiting for the following opportunities for the 2020 hosting season.

Tillamook State Forest

  • Gales Creek Campground:  May - September
  • Jones Creek Campground:  mid-May - mid-September  (2 positions)
  • Browns Camp:  2 week stays
  • Tillamook Forest Center:  Spring - Fall

Clatsop State Forest

  • Spruce Run Campground:  May - September
  • Northrup Creek Horse Camp:  dates TBD

Santiam State Forest

  • ​Santiam Horse Camp:  dates TBD

Contact Stephanie Beall, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-359-7464 or by email​ for more information.


 ODF Camp Host Guide

Campground Host Application​​​​

Do you have a favorite trail in an Oregon State Forest and are looking for a way to give back to the area you enjoy? Partner with ODF to adopt the trail you love!

You can become a working partner in the trail management team where you or your club can volunteer to maintain established trails and keep them clean. Adopt an entire trail, or a specific segment of a trail – whatever you or your group can manage best.

Adopting a trail means doing maintenance work, providing status reports to the State Forest Recreation Team, and helping to identify and complete trail upgrade or improvement projects. Anyone can adopt a trail from a single person, to a group of family and friends, to an organized club or business. ​

The Adopt a Trail program is currently offered on the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests. Contact the state forest recreation staff below for more information.

Tillamook State Forest
Phone: 503-359-7464

Clatsop State Forest
Phone: 503-325-5451

Santiam State Forest
Phone: 503-859-2151

Maintaining ODF's recreation trails is a core part of the volunteer effort on Oregon State Forests. Volunteers can assist with the maintenance of both non-motorized and motorized trail networks on the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests. 

Trail work parties are open to the entire recreation community. Work will focus on trail maintenance activities such as:

  • Cleaning out drainage structures 
  • Blocking illegal trails
  • Clearing down trees
  • Installing drainage structures 
  • Spreading gravel to harden trails 
  • Constructing reroutes to create a more sustainable trail system

​Contact the recreation staff on the State Forest near you for more information on how you can get involved.

Tillamook State Forest 

​Clatsop State Forest


Santiam State Forest

Trail Patrol is an ambassador program made up of members of both the OHV and non-motorized trail use communities. This program offers the opportunity for trail enthusiasts to act as a positive representative on the trail networks for their chosen form of trail recreation by working with ODF to educate forest visitors, enhance visitor safety, and participate in maintaining quality recreation trail opportunities. 

The Trail Patrol meets the second Wednesday of every month, January – November at the ODF office in Forest Grove.​ Contact the Forest Grove Office at 503-357-2191.

​Program goals

Program description

Position application​

*Please note that Trail Patrol program is only offered on the Tillamook State Forest.​​​​​ Please contact Stephanie Beall, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-359-7464 or by email​ for more information.​

Each year ODF partners with SOLVE to host community volunteer opportunities in the Tillamook State Forest. 

In April, Earth Day is celebrated with a forest clean-up. Volunteers meet at a central location and join teams led by ODF staff to clean up dumpsites spread across the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest. SOLVE partners with ODF in September as well for the fall "Down by the Riverside" cleanup.

Visit the SOLVE website​ for more information on how you can participate.



​​​​Photo of volunteers at SOLV event