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. Learn more below about how you could lend a hand, check out some of our projects below. While, we are much less active during this snowy weather, we look forward to having you help as you can! If you are looking for more general volunteer work, move to step two.

2. Fill out our online Individual Volunteer Form or contact Rebekah Ratcliff to plan a group volunteering project. We would love to work with you to find the right opportunity for your group!

General Volunteer Opportunities

(be sure to check our individual volunteer project page for other options!)

**Adopt a Plot: Help keep our new native plant restoration project weed free! Protect over 3,700 native grasses, flowers and shrubs by adopting a small plot of plants at Hindman Springs. Volunteer teams of friends, family members, housemates, or neighbors tend plots on their own schedules and pull any weeds that find their way into their project. As plants mature, volunteers may also help monitor their growth! Get your hands dirty with restoration work by contacting us to find your perfect plot.

**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. Note: Bird surveys are underway! Contact Rebekah Ratcliff to learn how you can get started surveying.

**Group Volunteer Opportunities: Do you have a group that is looking for a volunteer project? We would love to set up a stewardship work party for your group. This is a great way for employee groups, schools, or other organized volunteer groups to bond as a team while giving back to the community. If you are interested, please contact Rebekah Ratcliff to discuss what kind of project may work for you.

**Hike Shepherd: Land Trust Hike Shepherds are volunteers who help out on Land Trust Walks + Hikes to create a safe and enjoyable hike. Shepherds help keep the group together, act as an "extra hand" for the hike leader, and provide Land Trust and naturalist information to hike participants as needed. We ask that you volunteer for at least one hike a month during the hiking season (April-October). Note: Land Trust Walks + Hikes are happening now. Would you like to see what it's like before getting involved? Sign-up for a Walk or Hike today!

**Office Help:
We always need folks who can donate a few hours to office projects such as mailings, data entry, seed packing, 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. Maybe you aren't a professional photographer? We still would love to share your perspective of our lands. Contact us or use #loveyourlands to share your photos.

**Stewardship Volunteers:
Get to know Land Trust Protected lands first-hand by participating in our stewardship projects. Typically these 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. Stewardship opportunities are typically available in April - October.

 **Trailhead Hosts: Do you enjoy chatting with folks about Land Trust Preserves? Greet visitors to our Preserves as a Trailhead Host! Promote the safe, responsible, and enjoyable use of our lands while standing or sitting at trailheads near Preserve parking areas. Trailhead Hosts volunteer once a month from April - October. Learn more.


**Weed Warriors: This group of volunteers removes invasive weeds at Land Trust protected lands. They meet the first Saturday and first and third Tuesdays of every month (locations vary). 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. Weed Warriors work at Land Trust lands April - October. Sign up for an upcoming work party today!