Mountain Goat Removal
Olympic National Park has recruited skilled volunteers to assist with the lethal removal of non-native mountain goats from the park. Selected volunteers will be required to navigate through park wilderness in difficult and steep terrain.
Groups may consist of field support personnel and expert shooters; only those who pass a firearms proficiency test (which will be administered during each training) will be permitted to shoot goats in the park. Each group must have at least one person that passes the firearms proficiency test.
How to volunteer - As of April 17, the application period has ended.
Application Period Closed: Thank you for your interest in the mountain goat ground removal volunteer program at Olympic National Park. The response to the call for volunteers closed April 17. Over 1,200 groups applied. The application was not a quick and easy endeavor to complete, and we are grateful for the time and effort that groups put into completing the application. It took over a month to make selections due to the time needed to carefully pull together all of the emails into group application packets and evaluate each one.
The pool of applicants was very impressive, and we regret that we can accept so few. We evaluated all applications and pulled out those that were ranked as most highly qualified. From that pool, we then did a random draw of 40 applications and those were evaluated by a team of National Park Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. From that pool, 21 groups were selected.
Last updated: June 4, 2020