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Volunteer Opportunities

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To be considered for a volunteer opportunity, simply fill out the
volunteer application, and e-mail it to the Volunteer Coordinator for consideration. 

 Check out all the volunteer opportunities  County Parks has to offer.

 

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation offers many wonderful volunteer opportunities, including:

Live-in Park Host - This position requires 20 hours per week of scheduled duties in exchange for a campsite and hook-ups for a motor home or trailer. Duties vary at the individual parks and may include grounds and equipment maintenance, greeting the public, general clean up, and other assignments specific to the park.


 

Group Volunteer Work Events- We provide great team building volunteer opportunities for organizations, corporations, and civic groups. Park clean ups, trail building, and planting native vegetation and trees are just some of the rewarding activities for our group volunteers. 

 

Day Volunteer - These are volunteers who have time during their day to come and assist with all types of activities and tasks, such as gardening, weed abatement, trash pickup, and assisting with park programs. They may live near the park or give of their time to a particular park they especially enjoy. 

 

Park Docent/Naturalist - This volunteer may lead hikes, tours, and/or provide interpretive programs at the parks, historic sites, and open space areas, and may be involved in research and development as well as presentations.

Volunteer Docents are being recruited for Rancho de los Peñasquitos Adobe and Rancho Guajome Adobe. Docents lead tours of the historic adobes, create public presentations and brochures, work with school children, and help coordinate special events. Ongoing training is provided. 

 

Park Patrol - Open space areas and park preserves are served by volunteer foot, bicycle, and equestrian patrols. Patrol members assist the public with information on Park resources and policies, help to ensure visitor safety and aid in the maintenance of trails and open areas. Patrol members provide their own bicycles and horses. 

 

Community Center Volunteer - Positions include clerical, maintenance, gardening, coaching, and special events. Centers are located in Fallbrook, Lakeside, and Spring Valley. Not all positions are available at each site.
 
 

 

Student/Youth Volunteers - Our department encourages our youth to get involved! Students, Scouts, interns, and other volunteers under the age of 18 are welcome to apply for volunteer work, or to complete a required project.

Trash and debris pickup, planting trees, and trail maintenance are just a few of the opportunities we offer.

Here is the Student/Youth volunteer application.
 
 

 

Volunteers in History - Volunteers are needed in the History Office to help manage and research park information, to assist with educational outreach, and to help develop interpretive programs.  Please contact the History Office at (858) 966-1305 if you are interested in joining this dynamic group.
 

Volunteer Requirements:

  • A background check is required for most County Parks and Recreation volunteer positions
  • A medical screening is required for most County Parks and Recreation volunteer positions
  • Training is provided for all volunteer positions, and work records are maintained
  • Some positions require extensive training