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

KIRSTY

Docent

 

Kirsty joined the Open Space Authority as a volunteer after feeling the “spark” of inspiration on an Authority nature walk at Ulistac Natural Area. She loves the array of Authority programs that “offer rich experiences for everyone,” as well as its community of docents and seasonal aides that bring creativity, knowledge, and experiences. These days, Kirsty continues her passion of learning about native plants, which further opens her eyes to California history and peoples. Kirsty is also a poet and enjoys reading about nature and ecology. Her favorite preserve is Coyote Valley for its accessibility from downtown San Jose, massive Valley Oaks, and scenic overlooks. 

7

Year of volunteering
with us

Plant and bird hikes

Favorite Program

Coyote Valley

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