Have fun and do good

Volunteer opportunities available now at local State Parks

Become a Castro Adobe docent

Are you interested in California’s history and culture? Are you looking for a fun and unique way to give something back to your community? Do you enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds, and national origins? If you answered “yes” and are at least 18 years old, you are eligible to apply for a volunteer job with Rancho San Andres Castro Adobe State Historic Park in Watsonville. Call (831) 226-9669 or email to apply. Learn more here.

Become an Año Nuevo State Park Docent

Become a docent at a San Mateo coast state park! Año Nuevo State Park is looking for docents volunteers to assist with coastal parks also need trail maintenance, construction, nursery and habitat restoration, camp hosting, and other support. Volunteers are so critical to park operations that many parts of the parks cannot operate without them. To apply or ask for more information, please contact Susan Blake, Docent Recruitment Coordinator, 650-879-2032 or by email.

Volunteer at Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, McNee Ranch in Montara Beach State Park, and Burleigh H Murray Park Property

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you want to share knowledge with others and promote conservation and stewardship? This is your opportunity to join our team of dedicated volunteers who rove the trails, interact with visitors, host at the visitor center and in general contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of park visitors. To volunteer contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email or call 650-726-8814.

Volunteer in the Redwoods at Butano State Park

Butano State Park offered volunteer opportunities for those interested in joining the Butano volunteer trail crew. Typical volunteer days include clearing brush along the 40 miles of park trails, removing down trees, and reporting major trail damage to park staff.

If you’re interested in Butano’s volunteer trail crew, call the park directly at 650-879-2040.

Help with trail work at The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks meet the third Sunday of each month for a trail workday. Gather at the entrance kiosk at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers clear vegetation away from the trails, clear ditches of debris and cut a path through any trees that fall across the trails. Seasonally, the crew installs and removes footbridges. Work lasts until about 2 p.m. Please bring work gloves, lunch and water. Contact Geoff Alexander by email with questions.

Work at the historic 115-foot tall Pigeon Point Lighthouse

California State Parks is looking for volunteers interested in working at the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast—the historic 115-foot tall Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Docent training begin Sept. 25, 2021 email to reserve your spot!

Become a volunteer at Henry Cowell

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is seeking volunteers who are keen to lead public programs, guided walks, school tours and interpretive programs The Volunteer Training Program is scheduled for Feb. 19 to April 16. Email or call (831) 335-7077 to sign up.