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

RICHARD

Community Outreach, Docent

 

Richard has been volunteering with the Open Space Authority for six years, even spending some time on the Authority staff as an Environmental Education Aide. Richard says that his passion for locally-focused environmental education comes from growing up right here in the Santa Clara Valley. “I’m very proud of our flora and fauna diversity and love to share with others,” he says. As an avid naturalist, Richard’s favorite Authority open space preserve is Coyote Valley for its oak trees and diverse bird species. One of his hobbies includes catching and releasing salmon and trout! 

6

Year of volunteering
with us

COYOTE RIDGE Spring wildflower 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