What We Do

Cleanup crew for new FSVA buildingThe Forest Service Volunteer Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting members of the U.S. Forest Service in the San Bernardino National Forest and specifically in the San Jacinto Ranger District.

Volunteers may work in the Idyllwild Forest Service office helping visitors complete visitor passes, selling books, maps, and pamphlets, directing visitors to trails and camp sites and may be called on to perform general office work.

Desert Valley view from Pacific Crest TrailHiking Volunteers patrol many of the trails in the National Forest sometimes spending one or more nights in the forest. These folks count the number of visitors, check passes and make sure camp sites are being used properly. These hearty men and women also perform trail maintenance, pick up trash and are available to help any forest visitor with assistance.

Volunteers who own horses may be eligible to join the equestrian patrol unit, performing many of the same duties as the hiking unit. The equestrian patrols hundreds of miles of trails in the National Forest Wilderness area. Using pack animals, several of our riders deliver and remove camping supplies, such as food and water, to youth groups who spend their summer also assisting in the forest.
Equestrian Patrol
You may also qualify to join our award winning equestrian parade unit. They perform in parades and festivals from San Juan Capistrano to Bishop.

Volunteers may also desire to become interpretive speakers. These individuals lead adults, children and groups through areas of the forest pointing out the various fauna and flora. Interpretive speakers will spend several hours learning the specifics of the San Jacinto Wilderness.

View of Mountain Winter in the wilderness