Group Volunteer Opportunities

ONDA

Is your school or community group, hiking club, or business interested in volunteering with ONDA?

Fill out the interest form below to let us know a little more about your group and what type of project you are interested in. Please note: we work across Oregon’s high desert on a limited number of restoration projects each year and plan our work well in advance. Projects that meet your group’s needs may take several months to line up with our restoration schedule. Six to 12 months notice is ideal.

Our stewardship projects occur across eastern Oregon and focus on river and stream (riparian) restoration, uplands sagebrush restoration, wildlands monitoring and trail maintenance. Learn more about the areas we work and the types of restoration projects we do. We have several models for stewardship projects:

  • Independent Stewards projects: Your group takes on an independent project assignment, ranging from wildlands monitoring to adopting a section of trail to maintain. We’ll provide all the details and materials you’ll need to complete the project, you organize your group and go out to the field on your schedule within the project timeframe.
  • Onsite trips: We’ll work with you to determine if one of our planned restoration projects is a good match for your group’s interests and availability. You’ll organize the participants and coordinate transportation logistics and ONDA stewardship staff will meet you on site to provide tools and training for a work day in the field. These trips will return in 2022 and advance notice helps us plan, so please fill out the form below if you’re interested in these in the future.
  • Custom multiday trips: If you want a custom trip built around your group’s interests and schedule, consider becoming a business member. Visit our Business Members page to learn more. Business members support critical conservation and restoration efforts across Oregon’s high desert, providing essential habitat for fish and wildlife and wild places for all people to treasure and explore, now and always. These trips require advance planning and will be available again in 2022, so please let us know now if you’re interested.

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Jane Heisler, Sage Sustainers Member

Jane Heisler, Sage Sustainers Member

I love to travel and I love the desert! Supporting ONDA monthly allows me to hit the road without forgetting Oregon’s high desert—even when I’m not there.

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Tim Neville, journalist

Tim Neville, journalist

“Oregon’s Owyhee reminds me a lot of Southern Utah’s red rock country… only dipped in fudge.”

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Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”