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Volunteer with County Parks

Volunteering with County Parks is a great way to make a difference in your community, assist Parks staff in accomplishing a variety of projects, and meet new people!
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Learn more about Volunteer Opportunities!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with County Parks!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the interest form below!

One-Day Community Volunteer Opportunities

Community volunteer days are a fun way to be with others and beautify our parks and beaches! Volunteer days include fun activities such as painting, weeding, fence building, beautification, invasive plant removal and more!

Independent Volunteers

If you have a passion for a particular park or project and want to work independently, we can work together to support your idea! Some current independent volunteer projects include infrastructure repairs, painting, pulling invasive plant species, weeding and pruning, maintaining interpretive signage, trail watch and rules informant. Independent volunteers need to have prior approval of their desired project and or area in the park.

Quail Hollow Ranch Volunteers

Volunteers at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park may lead interpretive programs, remove non-native plants, assist with children's programs, maintain trails or garden, among other things. In return for your time you will gain a greater understanding of one of the more well-kept secrets of the Santa Cruz Mountains and feel good about giving back to your community.

Felton Discovery Park Volunteers

Felton Discovery County Park, adjacent to the Felton Library, promotes environmental literacy through its design and programs. Volunteers meet monthly to maintain the native plant gardens and remove invasives. Docents help develop and implement programs and activities for people to learn about and interact with the natural world. Join us!

Docent Volunteers

A docent is a volunteer that has special knowledge or skills to teach or impart on park goers, community members, or children. A docent will work closely with Parks staff to have any classes, curriculum, or programs approved. Some current docent opportunities include history talks, Visitor Center host, Trail Watch and interpretive programs.

Group Volunteers

We can accommodate your group to accomplish a meaningful and rewarding volunteer event! We work with businesses, fraternities, sororities, rotary clubs, Eagle/Girl/Boy Scouts and schools to create unique opportunities in our parks!

Adopt-A-Park, Beach, or Trail

Individual volunteers or volunteer groups may adopt a park, natural area, beach, or sections of paved/natural trails. Responsibilities may include park beautification, reporting park or trail needs, installing and monitoring bird nesting boxes, and other environmental projects.

Summer Camp Volunteers

Spend your spare time this summer helping recreation staff lead games, art & crafts projects, sports, and more for children ages 5-12. This program for teens ages 14-17, gain valuable work experience and learn important job skills!

Junior Lifeguards Volunteers

The Junior Lifeguard Volunteer Program is designed for teens ages 14-16 who want to develop their leadership skills and gain valuable work experience while volunteering with the Aquatics Junior Lifeguard Camp Program. Please reach out to swim center staff at anissa.childers@santacruzcounty.us.

How to Get Involved with Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a County Parks volunteer, please fill out the interest form below!

Contact Us

Phone:

(831) 454-7927

Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.