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Have fun outdoors while giving back

Our Volunteers Are Making a Difference for the Planet

Here's why you'll love being a volunteer:

Build meaningful connections with visitors and nature

Help make Santa
Clara Valley a better place

Protect and restore natural lands for future generations to enjoy

Volunteer of the Month


Docent, Starry Nights Volunteer

A relatively new member of the Authority’s volunteer team, Nancy has been supporting the community through involvement with other organizations for years. She became interested in joining the Authority’s mission after experiencing the 2017 San Jose floods that affected a few of her friends and their families. Some lived in shelters for nearly 2 months, having lost their homes and cars. When Nancy learned that preserving the Laguna Seca wetland in North Coyote Valley could help reduce the impact of future flooding into the downtown San Jose area, she officially joined the Authority’s volunteer team to help protect this natural landscape. Aside from volunteering, Nancy enjoys nature photography and hiking whenever she gets the chance!



Months of volunteering
with us

Docent-led hikes

Favorite Program

North Coyote Valley Conservation Area

Favorite Open Space Preserve

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Trail Patrol

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.

Community Outreach

Fun and Fairs

Community Outreach Volunteers represent the Authority at community festivals, nature or science themed fairs, and other public events.

Land Stewards

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.

Volunteer Handbook

Point of Contact
Volunteer Programs Administrator
(408) 224-7476 ext. 517