Volunteer in the Park

2023 is a new year, and a new chance to become a California State Parks Volunteer with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park! Volunteer applications open on January 6, 2023. Join us as we bring 19th century San Diego history to life through our adobe homes and historical museums. Our historic state park gets over 3.5 million visitors annually and we cannot hope to provide the best experience without the help from dedicated volunteers!

What does volunteering at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park look like?

Our Living History Volunteers dress in accurate 1800s period attire as they demonstrate the different skills and occupations necessary to thrive in this historic adobe pueblo (town). Our living history volunteers are taught San Diego’s history and work hard to share their expertise in relevant and meaningful ways.

Our opportunities for Living History Volunteers include:

  • Quilting
  • Spinning
  • Blacksmithing
  • Woodworking
  • Special Events
  • More to come throughout the year

If traditional period attire is not your style, you can always volunteer with our Visitor Services, Resource Management, or Park Support Programs. Volunteers in these roles serve the park in different ways and behind the scenes, to strengthen our park’s visitor experience.

You can join us as a:

  • Park Host
  • Boosters of Old Town (BOOT) Store Member 
  • Park Resource Management Member
  • Natural Resource Management Member
  • Craft Committee Member

Volunteer General Requirements:

  • Applicants must complete at least 3 shifts per month.
  • Applicants must be willing to complete at least one year of service.
  • Applicants must pass a livescan background check

Volunteer Information Center

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is proud to announce a new way to coordinate with our talented volunteers; Better Impact!

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