Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Cultivating a Culture of Stewardship


Thank you for your interest in joining the hundreds of volunteers who work with the Friends! We attribute much of our success in protecting and enhancing native habitat and compatible recreation to our amazing volunteers. Each year, hundreds of volunteers contribute thousands of hours and create a lasting impact. Whether you volunteer once a year or twice a week, we invite you to join the community that is stewarding the greater Mt. Pisgah area!

Who Volunteers? Individuals and families of all ages and varying degrees of expertise and experience, as well as employee and other groups care for this priceless resource. Students or those seeking professional experience can click here for information about internships. Training, tools and supervision are provided.

GET INVOLVED! Click here to email Mieko, our Volunteer Coordinator or call (541) 344-8350 to become an active participant in protecting and enhancing this unique natural area for everyone to enjoy.  More information and volunteer work party schedules can be found on our calendar .

Volunteers can earn an annual parking pass while learning about and contributing to park conservation.

  • INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL  We protect native habitat by removing invasive, exotic plants so native plants and wildlife can thrive. This is an invigorating and satisfying activity. Mondays 9-noon or special opportunities. Good for groups.
  • NATIVE PLANT NURSERY–This facility at Buford Park produces native plants and seed to enhance areas where weeds have been removed.  Help with seasonal propagation and maintenance operations including planting, irrigation, weeding, harvesting, seed processing and sales. Observe and learn to identify dozens of native plants in different stages of development. Tuesdays, Thursdays and 1st/3rd Saturdays 9am-noon. Good for groups.
  • TURTLE FLATS–Restore habitat at our 62 acre property near the Willamette Confluence. 2nd Saturday of the month. Good for groups.
  • TRAIL SYSTEM–Good trails are essential to people’s ability to enjoy the park without damaging fragile resources. We plan, build, and maintain select trails in Buford Park. Most fieldwork occurs in late fall through spring when the ground is soft.  Trail work is vigorous and can involve moving gravel, digging trenches, handling large rocks and using sharp tools. Special opportunities as needed, good for groups.
  • PLANTING–Give native plants a boost! FBP has active restoration projects ongoing on more than 700 acres in several of the park’s habitats including floodplains, prairies, and oak and conifer forests. Plantings may include trees, shrubs, wildflowers or grasses. Good for groups.
  • OUTREACH–Do you love people as much as you love the great outdoors? If so, we would be grateful to have you join our outreach team as an Ambassador at special events, tours, and volunteer work-parties. Training provided.
  • LEADERSHIP–Do you have experience with non-profit leadership? Consider serving on the Board of Directors or a committee.
  • PARK WATCH–Lane County Parks, Mount Pisgah Arboretum, and Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah are teamed-up to better protect park visitor’s cars. We are pleased to continue Mount Pisgah Park Watch! Volunteer to help monitor the parking lots. You’ll improve the park visitors’ experiences, while enjoying the beauty of Mt. Pisgah. Park Watch volunteers can work in pairs, signing up for 2-hour shifts. For more info or to sign up for Park Watch, contact 541-747-3817.
  • OTHER–We have many other opportunities for one-time or ongoing projects. Contact us for more details to see how your skills and passions can be put to use!
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