California State Parks - Orange Coast District

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Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for California State Parks Volunteers In Parks Program (VIPP) at the Orange Coast District!  The Orange Coast District is comprised of six different parks, encompassing just over 3,200 acres of sandy shore, rocky intertidal, coastal sage scrub, and coast live oak communities.  The parks provide refuge for sensitive plant and animals, protect important cultural resources, and host an array of recreational activities, special events, and educational opportunities throughout the year.  As diverse as our parks are, each has unique volunteer opportunities available.  Our volunteers serve as stewards and help to connect our communities with the natural world.  While doing this, they enhance their skillset and inspire passion for the environment and our parks.  By becoming a volunteer for the VIPP at the Orange Coast District, you help to support California State Park’s mission for years to come.



Volunteer Opportunities (Updated February 10, 2022)  Volunteer recruitment below is now closed.  Thank you for your interest!  (Updated March 20, 2022)

Lana Nguyen, Environmental Scientist at the Orange Coast District, is recruiting volunteers to help monitor California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers!  The California Least Tern is an endangered species and the Western Snowy Plover is a threatened species, and both inhabit and nest in wide sandy beaches, like Huntington State Beach.   Volunteers are responsible for interpreting these birds and conducting field surveys noting bird behavior, disturbances, and predation events.  Additionally, they provide rules and regulations to visitors in a way that educates and encourages voluntarily compliance.  Weekly, two-hour shifts take place at the Least Tern Preserve at Huntington State Beach from May to mid-August.

More information about this volunteer role will be shared at an informational training on Thursday, April 21 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm via Zoom.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email  Please note, full status as a volunteer for California State Parks is contingent upon formal application, background check, COVID-19 vaccination verification, and other required documents and training.

Here is a video where Lana answers some questions about Western Snowy Plovers. 

While we are accepting volunteer applications to help monitor California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers, we are not accepting volunteer applications for our other volunteer positions under General Interests.  Please continue to check this page for updates and follow us on social media!  Please note, if you are interested in volunteering at a beach cleanup, stewardship, or other short-term volunteer activity, completion of a Better Impact volunteer application is not required and please see those activities for details.  Thank you!


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If you have any questions or comments regarding volunteering at the Orange Coast District, please contact  We check this inbox periodically and appreciate your patience.  Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the parks!

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General Interests

Bolsa Chica SB

Activity Shifts Start End
Community Cleanup x Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter 3 7/30/2022 11/19/2022

Huntington SB

Activity Shifts Start End
Community Cleanup x Coastkeeper 4 6/11/2022 9/17/2022
Community Cleanup x Surfrider Foundation Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter 2 8/20/2022 12/3/2022
Tai Chi 94 5/27/2022 12/30/2022

Mission Statement

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.