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Current State Parks Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Volunteer at the Light Station!

If you love the ocean and want to keep our local history alive, if you like chatting with people from around the world, or if you simply enjoy whale watching, please consider joining our friendly volunteer team. If interested, please call (650) 879-2120 or visit Pigeon Point Light Station Historical Park before Monday, February 25 to apply. Trainings will be Saturdays, March 2-16 from 10am to 3:30pm. Coffee and snacks will be provided at training.

Be a Steward of the Castro Adobe

There are lots of ways you can make a difference as a volunteer at California’s next State Historic Park, the Castro Adobe in Watsonville! Share a passion for history and culture with the public at monthly Open Houses, or pay it forward to the next generation by helping host school field trips. Or, if you want to cultivate your green thumb, join the volunteer garden committee! Call (831) 226-9669 or email for more information, or register online.

Volunteer at Half Moon Bay-area State Parks

Half Moon Bay-area State Parks is seeking volunteers to become school group docents, snowy plover docents, operate the visitor center and work in the native plant nursery. Possible parks include Half Moon Bay State Beaches, Pescadero Marsh at Pescadero State Beach, McNee Ranch/Montara State Beach and Burleigh Murray State Park. For more details, contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellen Tjosvold by email or call 650-726-8814.

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 work day. 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 foot bridges. Work lasts until about 2 p.m. Please bring work gloves, lunch and water. Contact Bob Bailey by email with questions.

Volunteer at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

Pigeon Point Light Station is recruiting volunteer docents to greet visitors from around the world. Interpret the cultural and natural history of the park, including the First Order Fresnel lens on display in the interpretive center; help visitors spot whales and other marine wildlife from the viewing deck; and operate the gift shop, which sells educational materials and items related to the lighthouse. Leave a message via email or phone (650-879-2120) to get more information, or register online.

Become a docent at Wilder Ranch State Park

Do you love Wilder Ranch? Would you like to learn more about local history and share that information with others? Would you enjoy meeting like-minded individuals and be a part of an amazing team? If you answered yes to these questions, volunteering at Wilder Ranch may be for you. A volunteer training course will be offered beginning in February.  Apply by Feb. 1!

Several opportunities are available including; school tours, special events, ranch tours, coast walks and backcountry hikes. Additionally there are farm animal care, wilderness patrol, garden and trail maintenance programs. Sign up here. For more details call 831-426-0505, email, or stop by the park during office hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Thursday-Sunday).

Help maintain the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

Join the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail maintenance group the first Saturday of every month to work on various sections of the 29.5-mile trail. The trail travels through Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the Rancho Del Oso Unit. Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, hats and sunscreen. Please bring work gloves, water and lunch. Contact Al at 408-252-8106 or by email for specific locations and times.

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 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.