OC Parks Volunteers

OC Parks provides a variety of volunteer services across a very diverse system of regional parks, wilderness parks, historical parks, trails, beaches and open space.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit anyone’s interest.

To fill out a volunteer interest form, click here.

How you can help

Public Interpretation

  • Education Docent 
  • Historic Docent
  • Nature Center Volunteer
  • Program Guide

Park Operations

  • Habitat Monitor
  • Restoration 
  • Trail Crew 
  • Park Maintenance
  • Native Garden
  • Back Country Patrol
  • Visitor Services 

OC Zoo

Specialized Training (Requires OC Parks Volunteer status first)


Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or 16 with parent permission.

All OC Parks Volunteers complete a series of trainings to prepare for volunteer work with the public. This includes:

  • Program Orientation
  • Public Interaction Workshop
  • First Aid and CPR Training

OC Parks Volunteers are asked to commit 36 hours per year.

All OC Parks Volunteers must also complete a background check prior to any volunteer service. This check disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of:

  • Any sex offense
  • Any violent felony
  • Any other felony or misdemeanor that relates to volunteer functions at the discretion of OC Parks
  • Any pending cases awaiting adjudication


Upon completion of core training, all OC Parks volunteers receive the following:

  • OC Parks logo hat
  • OC Parks Volunteer polo shirt, vest, or trail shirt
  • OC Parks Water Bottle
  • First Aid Kit
  • CPR Kit
  • Access to advanced trainings

If you’re ready to sign up as an OC Parks volunteer, click here.

If you aren’t ready to commit to serving as an OC Parks Volunteer, consider working as a Short Term Volunteer by clicking here.

For more information, please email volunteer@ocparks.com.