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Volunteer with DNR's Recreation and Natural Areas Programs 
Volunteers work on a non-motorized trail at Mima Falls Campground. Photo: DNR/Christine Redmond 

DNR's Recreation and natural areas programs NEED YOU!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with DNR
Volunteers play a key role in the success of DNR’s Recreation and Natural Areas programs. Their energy, enthusiasm, hard work, and time make it possible for visitors to enjoy safe, sustainable, and high quality outdoor recreation experiences on DNR-managed lands. Volunteering on DNR-managed lands is a great way to meet others who share a passion for outdoor recreation and who want to learn new skills while playing outside.

 

DNR's volunteer calendar provides an updated list—by month—of the different opportunities for volunteers, including projects that qualify for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

What kinds of volunteer opportunities are there? 

  • Becoming a forest watch volunteer - Now accepting applications!
  • Become a Campground host for DNR - Six openings state-wide.
  • Site stewardship.
  • Participating in work parties to help build and maintain trails and facilities.
  • Restoring damage to habitat and resources.
  • Removing invasive weeds.
  • Joining an Adopt-A-Trail or Adopt-A-Site program.
  • And much more!

DNR also posts volunteer events on its blog | Facebook page | and Twitter feed.

Who to talk to about becoming a volunteer
DNR has volunteer coordinators located throughout the state, listed below by region:

Volunteer Hero Award
In September 2012, DNR began receiving nominations for the Commissioner’s Volunteer Hero Award. Candidates were nominated based on thier demonstrated leadership and commitment in their sustained service to DNR's Volunteer Program.

 

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 Contacts

Kirk Thomas
Field Operations Coordinator
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1645
kirk.thomas@dnr.wa.gov

Jessica Payne
Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator
360-902-1066
jessica.payne@dnr.wa.gov

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