Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Jefferson Memorial Forest & Natural Areas Division! 

Jefferson Memorial Forest is the home of the Natural Areas Division which is responsible for managing over 7,000 acres and nearly 60 miles of hiking and equestrian trails spread over six properties! Needless to say, we rely heavily on the support of hundreds of volunteers to meet our mission. We invite you to learn more about how you can help us. There are many ways to get involved.  

Become a Natural Areas Volunteer – it’s easy!

Interested in Environmental Education, Outdoor Recreation or Environmental Stewardship?  

On-Going Volunteer Requirements:

  • Must be willing to commit to 25 service hours per calendar year 
  • Children under the age of 18 require parental/guardian consent and supervision
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to work with children
  • Must be willing to submit to and pass a background check (18 & older) 

After submitting a Volunteer Application, you will receive information regarding Volunteer Orientation dates and times.  We require all new volunteers to attend a session.  You will learn about the Natural Areas Division and Jefferson Memorial Forest and how to get started on your volunteer journey.

Submit a Volunteer Application   

Enhance your experience
Tailor your volunteer experience to your unique personal tastes and skills by pursuing a specialty in one or more areas. Our unique volunteer trainings offer continual opportunities to enhance your knowledge, explore new opportunities and develop your inner leader.

Teaching specialties are designed for volunteers interested in leading the public and school groups in discovery of a specific topic. All teaching specialties require an additional class in Group Management. Weekday availability is required. 

Service specialties are designed for volunteers to offer their talents and skills for the benefit of natural areas. Several specialties are available in each of three main focus areas of the Natural Areas Division and Jefferson Memorial Forest.




Commitment-Free Opportunities
Not ready to jump into a commitment, want to try something new or need just a few service hours for school?  Join us for a project day as a One-Day Volunteer.  Project days are work days where staff, on-going and one-day volunteers work on land management and trail support tasks such as invasive plant removal, clean-ups, mulching, trail maintenance and repair, or clipping back overhanging/encroaching vegetation.  We send weekly emails with descriptions of the week’s opportunities.  If you would like to be included on that mailing list, email us volunteerjmf@louisvilleky.gov.


Service projects are a great way for your employees, club or group to experience nature while giving back to the community. Get the satisfaction of a job well done by offering your group’s enthusiasm on a service project. Projects are available for groups of all sizes, and generally last three to four hours. Tools, gloves and other supplies are provided; just bring your desire to help! 


Scouts have a long history of involvement with Jefferson Memorial Forest. For 25 years, until 1989, the Boy Scouts of America managed the Horine Reservation as a Boy Scout Camp before it was incorporated into Jefferson Memorial Forest. Today, boy and girl scouts help the Forest and other Natural Areas through troop projects such as mulching, gardening and litter patrols, as well as Life Scouts in pursuit of specialized Eagle Scout projects. Please contact us today to discuss potential opportunities for your troop or Eagle project!


We’re always happy to talk to you! Contact us at 502/368-5404 or volunteerjmf@louisvilleky.gov


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