Land Steward, Preserve Steward
Chandra began volunteering with the Authority after she and her husband moved to the east side of San José. She started out as a Land Stewards volunteer but became more involved as a Preserve Steward during Open Access and other special occasions. She loves being outdoors, enjoys using her hands to make or fix things, and finds working alongside the Authority's staff and other volunteers to be extremely rewarding and enjoyable. "The work that the Open Space Authority does, is also something I truly believe in and feel is so important, especially in our populous region." Thank you, Chandra, for all your efforts in stewarding this land and making it a welcome place for all who visit!
Years of volunteering with us
Favorite Open Space Preserve
As a volunteer for the Open Space Authority, you will help preserve and protect valuable natural resources for yourself and future generations. At the same time, you’ll get a chance to learn about the environment, meet interesting people, work hard, and have fun. Learn more about volunteer roles. You can also volunteer for roles on the Authority's committees.
Enjoy and Protect
Trail Patrol team members are agency ambassadors and information resources for visitors, and commit to patrolling the Authority’s open space preserves a minimum of once a month, on foot, bicycle or horseback.
Fun and Fairs
Community Outreach Volunteers represent the Authority at community festivals, nature or science themed fairs, and other public events.
Restore and Preserve
Land Steward volunteers assist Authority staff with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, fencing and cleanup projects.
Educate and Inspire
Docents share information about nature and the Authority's mission and work, leading groups on fun, educational programs and activities.
Learn and Manage
Trail Masters is a fun, hands-on, skills-based program designed to train volunteers to complete trail maintenance and field work alongside Authority staff
Trail Patrol, Docent, and Community Outreach roles are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Youth aged 14-17 are welcome in the Land Stewards Program or for Internship and Special Projects with parental consent. Contact Gavin for more information.