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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

Chandra

Land Steward, Preserve Steward

Volunteer Dave sitting in field of wildflowers

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!

Volunteer Dave sitting in field of wildflowers

4

Years of volunteering with us

"all the open access days! They feel really special and the people who attend are so excited."

Favorite Program

Sierra Vista

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. 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.

Male volunteer showing child nature game at booth

Community Outreach

Fun and Fairs

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

Female volunteer removing invasive weeds with hoe

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