Give Back to Your River Park!
We have many volunteer opportunities for all ages and levels of involvement.
HABITAT & TRAIL RESTORATION – DUST DEVILS
Get up close and personal with the dirt and plants by working side by side with Park Rangers. Provide invaluable help with important projects throughout the Park, such as clearing brush from trails, repairing trail tread, building trails, weeding, mulching, propagating and planting native plants, and more. This is a great way to learn more about the inner workings of the Park.
You do not have to commit to all days – come when you can!
Inland — Tuesdays and/or Fridays: 9am-12pm
Coastal — Fridays:
Second Sunday of each month:
Why is this Trail Called the Dust Devil Nature Trail?
The purpose of the Trail Patrol program is to assist Park Rangers in patrolling the park by being a visual presence.
The SDRP emphasizes responsible riding education, trail user etiquette, and environmental sensitivity as they relate to recreation/resource management. Enforcement is NOT a function of trail patrols.
Report to SDRP Rangers any concerns, observations, important contacts, trail hazards, trail sections in need of repair, incidents involving other trail users, facilities in need of repair, missing or confusing signs, or feedback/suggestions from trail users.
We are always in need of volunteers that want to contribute to our interpretation and outreach programs. There are numerous opportunities. There is training for hike assistants or leaders and community outreach events.
Programs vary from plants, animals, water quality, geology, history, and watershed ecology.
There is also need for those interested in helping to create educational materials like Park brochures, new educational programs, organization of preexisting educational materials, self-guided interpretive hikes, and increasing our partnership with local schools and groups.
WATERSHED EXPLORERS PROGRAM
Interested in learning about the distinctive nature, history, and culture of the San Dieguito River watershed? Volunteer to be a part for the Watershed Explorers Program.
Join us as we spread our enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation of citizens and stewards at our five interactive field trip sites.
The sites include Volcan Mountain, San Diego Archeological Center, Sikes Adobe Historical Farmstead, Lake Hodges and the San Dieguito Lagoon. Volunteer educators are responsible for keeping students safe, engaged, and excited about the unique natural and cultural resources found within the San Dieguito Watershed. Volunteer Outdoor Educators receive training and access to exclusive events.
Volunteer with the rangers to fulfill your community service requirements, whether it is for school or court ordered.
Provide invaluable help with important projects throughout the Park, such as clearing brush from trails, repairing trail tread, building trails, weeding, mulching, propagating and planting native plants, and more.Back to Top ↑
SIKES ADOBE HISTORIC FARMSTEAD VOLUNTEERS
Docents help convey what the pioneer farm experience in Southern California was like, using the Sikes Adobe as the stage.
Volunteers learn about the architectural history of the farmhouse, the history of the Sikes family, and the agricultural history of the late 1800s.
They also learn tips and techniques for being a docent and learn theory of interpretation. In return, docents commit to leading tours for the public and helping with special events.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Available for those who have particular skills or are willing to learn the following skills: Gardeners, Carpenters, Quilters, Bakers, Brick-layers, Blacksmiths, Embroiderers, Musicians, Farmers, Artists, Photographers and more!
In addition to our recurring weekly and monthly projects, we occasionally host special events like the California Coastal Cleanup Day in September. Check the events calendar for upcoming work parties.
Civic groups, non-profit organizations, businesses and many others have also held special volunteer events at the Park.
To schedule a work party for your group, please contact Senior Interpretive Ranger, Leana Bulay at Leana@sdrp.org or 1-858-674-2270 Ext. 14
Internships are available to high school and college students to gain valuable work experience. The opportunities include field work with park rangers, educational programing, office work or research. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and seeking to gain work experience in a field aligned with the River Park’s needs and opportunities. Upon completion of project or agreed-upon hours, and as recognition for exemplary performance, applicant may be eligible to receive a stipend, if available and upon discretion of the Director.
Before you apply, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your proposal. Contact Leana Bulay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-858-674-2270 Ext. 14.
Complete the Internship Application and submit a resume and cover letter outlining the following:
- Why the applicant chose the San Dieguito River Park to pursue an internship
- What experience the applicant would like to gain at the River Park
- Relevant education and work experience (both paid and unpaid)
- Applicant’s career direction and goals
Also attach any specific documentation or responsibilities (such as progress reports) that are required by the applicant’s academic advisor or school that the River Park must fulfill as part of the applicant’s internship. All documents should be emailed to Leana@sdrp.org.
- A parent, guardian, or organization group leader must accompany volunteers under the age of 16.
- A parent or guardian must sign permission forms for volunteers under the age of 18.
- Meeting places and times vary. Check the Events Calendar for details.
- Water, snacks, tools, and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.
- Closed-toe shoes or boots are required.
- Recommended: long-sleeve shirt, long pants, hat, eye protection, sunscreen
- Training on how to use various tools and equipment and how to follow various procedures, depending on the activity.
- SDRP Volunteer Uniform for long-term volunteers.
- Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
- Enrichment Programs
- Supplemental Insurance Coverage while participating in an official volunteer activity.
- Expanded knowledge of the park and its resources.
- Fresh air and exercise.