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

Joan Murphy

Docent

Joan is always the first to enthusiastically step forward and help with programs, where she provides great advice and shares her extensive knowledge. When Joan is not volunteering at the Authority, she is volunteering at the Almaden Quicksilver museum and with County Parks. Joan was the first female National Parks Ranger promoted to lead guided tours of Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. Chances are, if you’re climbing a mountain or exploring the Gold Country of California, you may run into this enthusiastic nature lover. 

4

Years of volunteering
with us

Hundreds

Programs participated in

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 Dana for more information.

Volunteer Handbook

Point of Contact
Dana Litwin
Volunteer Programs Administrator
dlitwin@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476