Become a McKenzie River Trust Volunteer

There are so many ways to give back to the causes you care most about. We rely on the support of community members like you to help protect and care for the lands and rivers you cherish in western Oregon.


We are always looking for committed community members to join our volunteer team. Either in the office or out in the field, we can accomplish so much more with your support. McKenzie River Trust has multiple avenues of volunteerism including internships, events support, on-the-ground stewardship projects, tabling opportunities and more! Let us know how you would like to be involved by contacting us today.


Become a Special Lands Steward

Our Special Lands Steward volunteer program connects passionate community members with a preserved property to contribute to its long-term conservation.  Through regular visits to your adopted property, you will help to prevent incompatible human use, monitor vegetation to promote native habitats, document wildlife and act as an ambassador for McKenzie River Trusts work within the community.

This volunteer opportunity includes a robust and engaging training, which is offered twice each spring. During the training, you will meet in the classroom and in the field to learn how to prepare for a safe site visit, read property reports and management plans, utilize simple technology to map observations and collect data from a smartphone or tablet, identify key habitat characteristics, learn about ecosystem management and practice your new skills in the field.


Upcoming Community Volunteer Days



Native Plant Appreciation Week Volunteer Project at Coyote Spencer Wetlands:  Thursday, April 26th 10am-1pm

Join McKenzie River Trust in celebration of Native Plant Appreciation Week 2018! Together, we will be protecting native plant populations at this critical wetlands site by removing invasive species, mulching young plantings and more! We will end our day with a wildflower walk through the property. Learn more.

First Fridays at Finn Rock Reach
Friday, May 4th, 10am-2pm

Join the Friends of Finn Rock Reach March-October at the Finn Rock boat landing to help protect and care for this special property. Projects include invasive species removal, trash pick up and trail care. Sign up and become a Friend of Finn Rock Reach today.


Special Land Stewards Volunteer  Training Saturday, May 12th 10am-4pm

Join our team of conservation enthusiasts! Get an intimate view of land conservation when you adopt a property and become a volunteer land steward. As you return to your conserved place throughout the year, you’ll learn new skills, make new friends, and contribute to a community effort to sustain clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and diverse natural resource economies. Learn more.

Family Volunteer Day at Berggren Watershed Conservation Area Saturday, May 19th, 10am-1pm

Join McKenzie River Trust and your community in caring for the special riparian area at Berggren Watershed Conservation Area! A combination of conservation land and a working farm, Berggren is a wonderful place to spend a day connecting with the lands you care about along the McKenzie River. Just outside of Springfield, Berggren is an ideal location for families to come volunteer close to home, and, there are goats! Projects will be provided for young and old alike. Learn more and sign up.