Volunteer for the Land Trust

Volunteers are the heart of the Deschutes Land Trust community. We are eternally grateful to have so many dedicated volunteers who lend a hand in so many ways. Learn more below about how you can volunteer for the Land Trust.

Volunteers help plant at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.
Volunteers help plant 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.

To become a Land Trust volunteer: 

1. Peruse the list of general volunteer opportunities below or visit our volunteer opportunities page where we post individual projects. If you find a project you'd like to help with, feel free to register directly online. If you are looking for more general volunteer work, move to step two!

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

General Volunteer Opportunities

**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.

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.

**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.

**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 Pat and Ginny for more information.

**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.

**Trail Stewards: Have you been to a Land Trust stewardship work party and are motivated to do more? Trail Stewards help monitor and perform light maintenance on trails at Land Trust Preserves. Each Trail Steward is assigned a portion of trail that they independently visit to ensure it is in good shape. A commitment of at least once a month from April -October is required for Trail Stewards. Learn more.