Volunteer

Have fun and do good

Volunteer opportunities available now

Do you want to help support our local state parks and beaches, meet new people, do something new and have a ton of fun in the process? Then we need you!

Volunteering for Friends events and activities is fun and rewarding. For just a few hours per month, you will help protect and preserve our beautiful Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County State Parks and Beaches for now and future generations to enjoy and cherish.

There are various events and activities that we need your help with. If you are over the age of 18 and interested in becoming a Friends volunteer, please fill out our volunteer application.


The following volunteer positions are open now:

  • Be Part of the Ano Nuevo Volunteer Program

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors? Do you feel a strong sense of giving to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, and sharing knowledge with others? Perhaps you could be interested in becoming a volunteer at Año Nuevo State Park and help connecting park visitors to the amazing natural and cultural resources of the park!

Being a docent at Año Nuevo is an extraordinary experience in a remarkable natural setting. Docents are trained to interpret the natural and cultural history of the Park and lead the guided walks to the elephant seals rookery during the seals’ winter breeding season. Docents also act as roving naturalists during other seasons, and in general contribute to the inspiration, education and enjoyment of Park visitors.

We are now recruiting volunteers for a comprehensive training starting mid-September. Training will be once a week (Sundays) and 12 weeks long. The main requirements are: willingness to learn, time commitment for a 12-week training course, and ability to hike for 3 to 5 miles in all kinds of terrain and weather. Go here for further info or to fill in an application, or call the Docent Coordination Office at 650-879-2032.

  • Volunteer with the Trail Crew (must be 18 years of age or older)

Since 1969 the Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew has helped make it possible for others to safely enjoy the beauty of our park. The Trail Crew meets the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine. A typical workday lasts from 9:00 a.m. until mid-afternoon. Please bring your own work gloves, lunch and water. Join us for a unique perspective of Big Basin, a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood forests, and the satisfaction of participating in a vital part of the park’s ability to educate and inspire the public! Meet at Park Headquarters. Confirm dates and times.