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How to volunteer with the Deschutes Land Trust.
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Volunteers help plant native grasses and sedges at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.


You can help protect land for wildlife, scenic views, and recreation in your community by volunteering with the Deschutes Land Trust. Volunteers are a huge part of the work we do protecting and restoring land.

Many thanks to the more than 165 individuals and groups who donated 4,404 hours to the Land Trust in 2014--including our Volunteers of the Year! Read on for more about our current volunteer opportunities. 

 

To become a Land Trust volunteer: 


1. Peruse the list of volunteer opportunities below to see how you'd like to be involved. We may have other volunteer opportunities not listed.

2. Fill out our online Volunteer Form. Once complete, our volunteer staff will be in touch and help you get started!

 
 
Current Volunteer Projects

 
**Bird Surveys: If you're an avid birder who likes to visit birding hot spots throughout the year, then we'd love to have your help!  Land Trust volunteers conduct bird surveys year round to help us monitor local populations and assess the effects of our restoration efforts. Learn more.


**Office help:
We always need folks who can donate a few hours to office projects such as mailings, data entry and more.


**Photographers:
Do you have eye-catching, thought-provoking, heart-warming, or even awe-inspiring photos of Central Oregon? We are looking for outstanding photos of this region that the Land Trust could use in our efforts to help protect more land. Or, if you are itching to get out there with a mission to take more photos, we'd love to put you to work photographing our protected lands.


**Preserve Caretakers:
Help keep Land Trust Preserves in tip-top shape! Preserve Caretakers volunteer 4-6 days per year to help maintain and care for Land Trust kiosks, signs, benches and bridges. Learn more.


**Stewardship Volunteers:
Get to know the Land Trust Preserves first-hand by participating in our stewardship projects. Typically these can include weed removal, planting native vegetation, or maintaining trails. Work in groups or on your own while getting your hands dirty amidst the natural beauty of Central Oregon.


**Trail Stewards:
Lend a hand while hiking your favorite trails! Trail Stewards volunteer 3-7 days per year to help monitor and perform light maintenance on trails at Land Trust Preserves. Learn more.


**Volunteer Naturalists: 
Enjoy time outdoors leading or assisting with educational hikes at Land Trust Preserves. Meet fellow Land Trust supporters and share your natural or historical knowledge of this region.


**Weed Warriors:
a regular group of local folks who remove invasive weeds at Land Trust Preserves. These folks meet the first Saturday of every month (locations TBD) and first and third Tuesdays. You can join them for some or all the gatherings. Regardless, it is a great way to get to know folks while giving something back. Contact Larry Weinberg for more information.

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