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Bay Area District

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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CA State Parks Monterey District

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California State Parks - Angeles District

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California State Parks - Diablo Range District

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California State Parks - Gold Fields District

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California State Parks - Sierra District

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California State Parks - Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District

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Canyon Keepers

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Auburn State Recreation Area - Canyon Keepers

The Auburn State Recreation Area Canyon Keepers is a volunteer group that promotes healthy recreation by providing assistance and information for visitors to the state park. They organize hikes, conduct trail maintenance, provide guided history walks, maintain a native garden, remove litter, perform roving trail education, and assist the professional ranger staff through volunteer work.

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Central Valley District

Indian Grinding Rock SHP Volunteer Program

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Coastal Programs

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Forest of Nisene Marks SP/New Brighton SB

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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Half Moon Bay State Parks

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Henry Cowell Redwoods

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Mount Diablo State Park

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Natural Bridges

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NCRD Natural and Cultural Resource Programs

North Coast Redwoods District Natural Resource Volunteer Program

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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

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Train Crew

Train crew operate the excursion trains. Positions include Conductor, Engineer, Fireman, Brakeman and Fire patrol.

Train Engineer

Train Crew

Train Crew

Speeder Car Crew

Interpretive

The interpretive team engages with the public to tell the Railtown story.  Positions include Greeter, Tour Guide, Roundhouse Host, Car Host, Narrator, Station Agent, Ticket Agent, and more.

Leading a tour group

Deck Interpretation

Station Agent

Maintenance and Restoration

The maintenance & restoration team work on various projects throughout the park.

Living History

The Living History program at Railtown participates in special events such as History Train and Tales of the Roundhouse. Volunteers also demonstrate important skills such as blacksmithing.

History Train Cast

Tales of the Roundhouse Cast

Blacksmith Demonstration

 

 

Depot Dogs

The Depot Dogs team sells food and drinks.

Depot Dog Crew

Polar Express

The Polar Express is a seasonal event at Railtown. A wide variety of volunteer positions are available to support this fundraising event.

Polar Express Cast

Photo Club

Railtown photo club take photographs and video of activities throughout the park for use in volunteer recognition, social media marketing, etc.

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Santa Cruz District

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Sonoma SHP & Petaluma Adobe SHP

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Wilder Ranch State Park

Volunteer Opportunities

The History of Wilder Ranch

Wilder Ranch has a history going back thousands of years including the indigenous Uypi people, the Santa Cruz Mission Period, the Mexican-owned Rancho Refugio, Moses Meder's dairy ranch, the Wilder-Baldwin owned (and later Wilder alone) operation, and finally to it's designation as a state park. If you're interested in local Santa Cruz history, this may be the volunteer job for you! Opportunities include:

Leading tours of the historic dairy ranch

Living history events

Operating and educating visitors about the Blacksmith Shop (certification needed) 

Operating and educating visitors about the water powered machine shop and Pelton wheel

Helping with school field trips and teaching small groups of children about the ranch's history

and more! For questions or more information, contact wilderranch@ports.ca-us

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