OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Volunteering

An important part of becoming an Oregon Master Naturalist is that you can put your knowledge to use by volunteering. Once you have completed the Online Course and have begun taking an Ecoregion Course, you can begin volunteering. You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work within the first year after completing all required coursework.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteering must take place in Oregon*
  • Volunteering must be done outside of your normal paid work schedule and you CANNOT be reimbursed for your volunteer contribution
  • As an Oregon Master Naturalist, any volunteering or other activity done while you are associated with the Oregon Master Naturalist Program CANNOT include activism of any kind (environmental, political, etc.).

*Volunteer projects in neighboring states (Washington, Idaho, California, Navada) qualify if prior approval is given. Contact the OMN Program to inquire.

Types of Volunteer Service

Education & Outreach

Volunteer to give an educational and/or interpretive program at a city, county, state and/or federal park. Lead nature hikes, or help develop a visitor guide for a natural area! Many of these places depend on volunteers during peak visitor seasons. The Oregon Master Naturalist Program will be offering trainings in interpretation techniques for those who wish to volunteer in this way.

Citizen Science

Volunteer to collect data for an agency. Wildlife and plant surveys, water quality monitoring, and other scientific monitoring are some examples. These surveys are critical for maintaining and managing for biological diversity. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for ways to engage Master Naturalists in meeting goals set forth in the Oregon Conservation Strategy.

Land Stewardship

Volunteer to maintain a natural area, controlling invasive species or restoring native vegetation. Or, perhaps you’d like to assist in maintaining a trail or other public recreation area. If you like to get your hands dirty, this might be your way of volunteering.

Program Support

Nature centers, state and federal park visitor centers, and various natural resources groups need volunteers to work on newsletters, websites, and even meet and greet the public at information stations. This is a great way to give back if you have physical limitations, want to hone your skills in these areas, or just want to contribute in a way that may be less physically taxing.

Once your intial 40 hours of volunteering is completed, you must maintain your certification annually. Click here to be taken to the certification page to learn more.