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

JOHN

Special Projects

As a founding volunteer, John has been with the Open Space Authority since the very beginning. In the agency’s earliest days, John was asked to help with geographic information system (GIS) work, due to his master's degree in geography. His volunteer work over the past twenty-five years has involved countless special projects, including trail building, native plant restoration, and mapping. John also currently volunteers at the California Native Plant Society nursery in Palo Alto. Outside of environmentalism, some of his other interests and hobbies include genealogy, upholstery, and sports – he volunteered in the San Jose Earthquakes press box for 15 years!  

 
 

25

Year of volunteering
with us

Trail Building

Favorite Program

Rancho Cañada del Oro

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.

Special Projects

Skills and Experience

Special project volunteers and Interns use their unique skills in customized roles to benefit the environment and engage the community.

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