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Links to Wilderness Organizations (NGOs)

The wilderness movement is driven, in large part, by the contributions of many local, regional and national wilderness stewardship organizations. lists a variety of these organizations that focus on everything from organizing volunteers, educating youth, and promoting responsible wilderness recreation to disseminating information and news and working for future wilderness designations. Want to add your organization to our listing?

Career and Volunteer Opportunities

#262 Back Country Horsemen of America
Back Country Horsemen of America has been around since 1973 working to perpetuate the historic use of recreational stock in the back country.
#361 Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation - Volunteers
Information and project lists for current volunteer opportunities.
#313 Environmental Career Opportunities
ECO offers a listing of environmentally-related job opportunities across America.
#323 Forest Service Volunteer Association
The Forest Service Volunteer Association, formed in 1990, provides the Forest Service, San Jacinto Ranger District with supplemental manpower, to develop, and expand National Forest projects, to furnish public service, and in addition, to generate fundraising capabilities. Sub-groups within the organization are wilderness volunteer patrol rangers, equestrian volunteer patrol rangers, pack stock volunteer teams, an award-winning Forest Service Volunteer Equestrian Parade Unit and volunteers working in district ranger stations.
#367 Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness - MeetUp Group
Through MeetUp, Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness, a Bend-area group, organizes restoration and stewardship volunteer projects in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness.
#393 Friends of the Clearwater
Friends of the Clearwater is a grassroots advocacy group that works to protect the public wildlands, wildlife, and waters in the Clearwater Basin.
#268 High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew
This group organizes trail maintenance projects in the Sierra Nevadas for volunteers.
#405 Los Padres Forest Watch: Volunteer Program
Los Padres Forest Watch hosts volunteer projects in 8 of the 10 wilderness areas in the Los Padres National Forest of California.
#352 New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors
The NMVFO is a volunteer organization which performs maintenance on public lands in New Mexico. Every year NMVFO does trail maintenance in the Pecos, San Pedro Parks, Aldo Leopold, and Gila Wildernesses. All volunteers are welcome on our projects.
#348 Selway-Bitterroot Foundation
The Selway-Bitterroot Foundation is committed to connecting citizens and communities to assist in the stewardship of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and surrounding wildlands.
#356 Selway-Bitterroot Foundation - Volunteer Opportunities
The SBF offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, internships, stewardship projects and initiatives.
#369 Sky Island Alliance
The Sky Island Alliance is dedicated to the protection and designation of wilderness and other special wildlands are fundamental to successful landscape-level conservation planning.
#370 Sky Island Alliance - Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities at the Sky Island Alliance include restoration, monitoring and other stewardship projects.
#404 Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
SAWS is a conservation organization dedicated to the stewardship of protected public lands in the southeastern United States. We offer employment opportunities across our landscape in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.
#224 Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides interns and volunteers with meaningful conservation service opportunities in our National Parks, Forests and other public lands. Enjoy adventure, gain experience, and make a difference.
USAJOBS search results for wilderness-related positions within the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service.
#403 Ventana Wilderness Alliance Volunteer Meetup Group
Individuals interested in volunteering in the Ventana Wilderness or Silver Peak Wilderness (Los Padres National Forest Monterey Ranger District, California, USA) can do so through the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) by signing up for the VWA MeetUp group.
Volunteer.Gov/Gov is a partnership among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, State of New York Division of Veterans Affairs, the Corporation for National and Community Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S.A. Freedom Corps aimed at providing a single, easy-to-use web portal with information about volunteer opportunities.
#366 VolunteerMatch
Many wilderness advocacy organizations are now using VolunteerMatch to recruit volunteers. Search for “wilderness” in your state or city to reveal whether organizations in your area have current volunteer opportunities.
#315 Volunteers In Parks Program (VIP)
The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer.
#365 Washington Trails Association - Volunteer Opportunities
Each year hundreds of people join Washington Trails Association as volunteers - on the trail during the more than 600 work parties scheduled each year, in the office and with the public at events.
#318 Wilderness Volunteers
Wilderness Volunteers is a non-profit organization created in 1997 to organize and promote volunteer service in America’s wild lands.

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