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.

Thank you for being willing to lend a hand to protect these lands!

We are so grateful for your help! Spring is ramping up across Land Trust Preserves, and there is plenty to get done. Check out our Volunteer Opportunities Calendar to sign up to lend a hand. Folks interested in volunteering in the future are encouraged to fill out our Volunteer Application so we can match you to new opportunities as appropriate. 

Until then, 

Rebekah Ratcliff


You can help protect land for wildlife, clean water and air, and for the future of our community by volunteering with the Deschutes Land Trust.

Volunteers are a huge part of conserving and caring for the land. By donating your time, you can help chart the future of Central Oregon and ensure that these lands will be here today, tomorrow, and for years to come.


To become a Land Trust volunteer: 

1.  Join us to volunteer with some of our ongoing projects by filling out our online Volunteer Application. We will connect you to the right projects and help you find the best ways to make an impact for our lands.

2.  Sign up to lend a hand during an upcoming volunteer work party or event or keep an eye out on our Volunteer Opportunities Calendar for future projects that might be the perfect fit! Note: volunteer events are currently operating at limited capacities and online registrations are required. 

3. Gather your friends, your co-workers, teammates or club members and contact Rebekah Ratcliff to plan a group volunteering project. We would love to get your people out making a difference together!


Still not sure if volunteering with us is the right fit? Learn more about how volunteers help the Land Trust by perusing ways volunteers lend a hand below.

Volunteering at the Land Trust

All work parties and volunteer opportunities are operating at a limited capacity and with new health and safety guidelines. Please complete our volunteer form to get in touch or sign-up online to lend a hand at an upcoming project!


Community Science
Collecting Data and helping with specific research projects! This includes bird, butterfly, plant, and wildlife surveys and can be great for folks interested in getting out on their own.

Help with plantings, trail clean-ups and maintenance, weed pulls, and all the other things we need to do to care for our protected lands. This is great for folks who want to get outside and get their hands dirty!

Office Support
Help us with data entry, mailings, and other office projects! This is great for folks who can’t make it out to the Preserves but want to support our work. Many of these projects can even be done from the comfort of your own home.

Event Support
Help with Land Trust events including set up, table staffing, logistics and more. This is a great option for folks who want to meet other people and talk about conservation!

Volunteer Naturalists
Lead or help with guided walks and hikes at Land Trust protected lands. This is a great option for folks who want to dive deep into the natural history of Central Oregon and share it with others!

Volunteer Ambassadors
Share the beauty of Land Trust protected lands through photography, art, and/or inspire others to connect with conservation online or in your community.  This is a great option for amazing artists and connectors in our community.

Group Volunteers
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.

Expert Volunteers
Do you have expertise you would like to share? Whether you have extensive knowledge of conservation law, wildlife, plants, fish, web development, graphic design, video production, or some other neat thing, we are always grateful to the folks who share their knowledge and skills with us. If you are interested in supporting us through your expertise, please contact Rebekah Ratcliff to discuss what ways you could help move conservation forward.


Ready to volunteer? Fill out our Volunteer Application and take the first step toward lasting impacts and deep connections with our protected lands.


Rebekah Ratcliff
(541) 330-0017