Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer With Us. Volunteers performing their duties in the park

 

Public Restoration Effort Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping with restoration after the Blue Ridge Fire. While we currently do not have any public restoration efforts planned, we may have them in the future.
Please use this sign-up list to express your interest and you will receive an email when events are planned.

Thanks again for your interest!

Chino Hills State Park Volunteer Opportunities

Our Mission: 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.

Volunteers are vital to the operation of all our programs. From helping teach kids to assisting with daily maintenance responsibilities, we simply could not do it without them!

What will I do as a volunteer?

  • Education Volunteers assist our staff with running our interactive education field trip programs for schools Monday through Friday. They will also help with digital content creation in off season.
  • Public Program Volunteers assist our staff with running Discovery Center public hours and special events Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Volunteer Grounds Assistant assists with maintaining the Discovery Center grounds including the Discovery Trail and the Rolling M. Ranch Native Plant Trail along with seasonal planting opportunities in our Native Plant Nursery when projects become available.
  • Trail Ambassador hike the trails and interact with visitors in an official capacity. They will also submit regular reports on trail conditions and visitor interactions after each shift.

What are some of the benefits of volunteering?

  • Training conducted by experienced staff
  • A comprehensive volunteer handbook
  • Enrichment lectures and social events just for volunteers
  • Working side by side with a fantastic team of staff and volunteers
  • Annual volunteer parking passes based on number of hours logged

o   100 hours for an Inland Empire District pass
o   200 hours for a statewide pass 

How do I apply to join the volunteer team?
We encourage applications from all persons representing many diverse backgrounds.

Step 1: Requirements

  • All volunteers must be 18 years or older. Younger volunteers will be accepted when accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • No prior experience is necessary; however, we look for applicants who are reliable, enthusiastic, and eager to learn and teach others.
  • All prospective volunteers must schedule an interview.
  • Must be able to complete the training course.

Step 2: Orientation/Open House

  • We encourage volunteers to attend an orientation/open house, where you will have the chance to meet current staff, check out the exhibits and learn about volunteering. The orientation is highly recommended, but not required.

Step 3: The Application Process

  • All applicants must fill out an online volunteer application (using the link to the right). Once the online application has been submitted, we will review it and get back to you wthin a week or two.

Step 4: Training

  • All accepted volunteers complete our online training course. In the three-day training course, new volunteers have a chance to learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, and proper interpretation and visitor interaction techniques.

Step 5: Welcome to Volunteering!

  • We ask that all volunteers dedicate at least 8 hours a month for at least one year. Most volunteers maintain a weekly or bi-weekly schedule of 4 hours per shift.

Contact Us Today
Chino Hills State Park Discovery Center
(714) 524-2471
ian.bernstein@parks.ca.gov
www.parks.ca.gov/chinohillssp