Whatever their primary activity,
volunteers may be assigned to work at one of our visitor centers up
to four days each summer as needed. There is no enforcement work done by
volunteers. Volunteers perform as always friendly hosts to provide
information and assistance to visitors and to keep trails and camping
areas clean and in good repair. Please see "Requirements" below.
Give nature walks and/or present programs.
Information Specialist: Staff the Mill Creek, Barton Flats,
Big Falls, and Horse Meadows Stations to provide permits, maps,
and other information to forest visitors.
Improve trails throughout the San Bernardino National Forest.
Recreation Maintenance Crew: Improve recreation facilities in the forest.
Backpack overnight in the wilderness, ride your horse along trails and
dirt roads, or perform day patrols along the upper Santa Ana River to
assist visitors, protect the forest, and perform minor trail and camp
Anyone 18 years or older may
participate in the volunteer ranger program. Persons 10 to 17 years of age
may participate with a parent or legal guardian under certain restrictions.
New volunteers serve with veteran volunteers or Forest Service personnel.
The volunteer program operates May through September, primarily on weekends
and holidays. On May 16, 2015, a
MANDATORY all-day training and orientation will be held to train new
volunteers. Unfortunately, we can afford to offer the new volunteer training
day only once each year. Please reserve the Saturday before the Memorial
Day weekend on your calendar.
The Volunteer Program is best suited to
local California residents as neither the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association or the United
States Forest Service offer room and board or stipends for volunteers in the program.
Additionally, volunteers will need transportation to commute between their residence and
the place of volunteer duty. If you seek
volunteer work anywhere in the U.S. and the SGWA Volunteer Program does not suit you,
please click here
for additional volunteer opportunities.
Any questions about the status of your Volunteer Application may be
directed to our
Lead Volunteer Coordinator. Any other specific questions about the program may be
Attend Forest Service
orientation/safety training in May.
Serve at least two days a month from
June through September.
Obtain your own current
basic first aid/CPR card or certificate, or have other equal or greater
training (e.g., RN or paramedic certification).
Be able to physically and
mentally perform the type of service chosen, all of which require good
people skills to work with other volunteers, Forest Service personnel,
and the public.
Be willing to work at one of the visitor
centers as assigned up to four days each summer if your primary activity
is other than visitor center work.
Be experienced in hiking, backpacking,
or horseback riding on mountain trails if you choose service requiring such.
Have your own equestrian, camping,
and hiking equipment, and purchase
your own volunteer uniform (about $40-$70).
In and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Big Bear Lake
areas east of San Bernardino. The San Gorgonio Wilderness is located on the San Bernardino
National Forest, approximately 75 miles east of Los Angeles. Click here
for vicinity map.
and experience in Forest Service skills.
Serving with other volunteers and
Forest Service personnel.
Satisfaction in performing a much
Protecting the place you love.
Twenty percent discount on merchandise
sold by the SGWA.
A great way to "pay back"
the wilderness for the pleasure you have derived from it.
Working, but also having
fun in a beautiful setting!
to Volunteer? CLICK HERE to
Volunteer Application form. Thank you for your
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