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Volunteers

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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

JUN

Land Steward, Trail Master

Jun loves to hike! So much in fact that he started looking for ways that would allow him to spend more time in nature and participate in conservation efforts. In 2021, he attended several Open Space Authority Land Stewards community clean-up projects in the North Coyote Valley Conservation Area. He became an official volunteer later that summer. 

Jun's volunteerism did not stop there! His curiosity for trail building and maintenance led him to join the Authority's Trail Masters program, where he has enjoyed caring for the preserves alongside staff and other volunteers. 

In addition to volunteering with the Open Space Authority, Jun also enjoys volunteering as a gardener for his local parish and raises fish in small whiskey barrel ponds. Thank you, Jun, for your curiosity and enthusiasm for the outdoors! 

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Years of volunteering with us

Trail masters

Favorite Program

Rancho Cañada del Oro

Favorite 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. You can also volunteer for roles on the Authority's committees.

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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.

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Community Outreach

Fun and Fairs

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

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Land Stewards

Restore and Preserve

 Land Steward volunteers assist Authority staff with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, fencing and cleanup projects.

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Docents

Educate and Inspire

Docents share information about nature and the Authority's mission and work, leading groups on fun, educational programs and activities.

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TRAIL MASTERS

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

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Point of Contact
GAVIN COMSTOCK
Volunteer Programs Administrator
gcomstock@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476 ext. 517