Mount Tamalpais State Park Docent Program
Volunteer your time to assist visitors in appreciating and protecting this beautiful mountain!
If you enjoy spending time in nature and being outdoors, and you look forward to giving back to the community, promoting conservation and stewardship, as well as sharing knowledge with others, you are the perfect person to join our volunteer team at Mount Tamalpais State Park!
Mount Tamalpais State Park Volunteers are part of the California State Parks Volunteer in the Park Program. They are trained by park staff and other state park volunteers in a variety of tasks that support the programs at Mount Tamalpais State Park (see below). State Park volunteers have to sign a duty statement and be fingerprinted.
- Visitor Center/Gravity Car Barn/Museum Docents
The Visitor Center and the Gravity Car Barn are often the places where visitors start their visit and get information about the mountain. VC/Museum Docents are trained to answer questions, and direct visitors to activities in the park that best meet their needs. With some interpretive training, VC/Museum Docents can also deliver short talks and demos about the cultural and natural resources of the mountain. Finally, VC/Museum docents will help with items sales such as books, maps, or T-shirts, or help at special events – Mt Play, Sound Summit and others.
Training for Visitor Center/Museum Docents is ongoing. Interpretive training for Visitor Center/Museum Docents is offered once a year.
- Hike Docents
Help Mt. Tamalpais State Park by doing the things you love most: hiking in the beautiful outdoors, while delivering a well-thought guided program to inspire and connect visitors to the natural and cultural resources of the park.
Training for Hike Docents is once a year in the fall.
- Astronomy Program Volunteers
With 300-500 people on the mountain during the terrific monthly astronomy programs, this popular program can use a few extra hands to help plan, set up and greet people. And you will learn inspiring new astronomical discoveries! How could you pass up an evening under the stars above the fog?
Recruitment for Astronomy Program volunteers is ongoing.
- Trail Crew Volunteers
Give back to the mountain by fixing trails and helping to remove non-native plant species! The Trail Crew meets every third Tuesday of the month.
Recruitment for Trail Crew volunteers is ongoing.
To start, please complete our Docent Application Form.
All Volunteers get parking passes!
- All Volunteers who give 40 hours or more a year receive free annual parking for Mt Tam State Park.
- Mount Tamalpais State Park Volunteers who give 50 hours or more receive a Bay Area District State Parks annual parking pass! Parks include: Tomales Bay, Olompali SHP, China Camp, Samuel P. Taylor, Mt Tamalpais, Candlestick, Benicia SRA, Benicia Capitol, Mt Diablo Sonoma SHP, Petaluma Adobe, Bale Grist Mill, Bothe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Sugarloaf, and Annadel. Angel Island is not included.
- State Park volunteers who give 200 hours or more a year receive a free annual parking pass for all California state parks.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
For further info, contact:
Interpreter/ Program Coordinator
Mount Tamalpais State Park