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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

STEPHEN

Land Steward, Docent

 

When Stephen retired about 10 years ago, he began volunteering at San Jose’s Lake Cunningham Park where he started learning about native plants. After a few years of volunteering there, he wanted to take the next step in making a difference in our wildlands, which led him to begin the initiative of extensive restoration work in Alum Rock Park. In addition to his volunteer work with the Open Space Authority and San Jose City Parks, Steve is also active with the Native Plant Society, documenting invasives as well as rare plants. 

5

Year of volunteering
with us

Wildflower hikes

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.

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.

Docents

Educate and Inspire

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

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

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