Chino Hills State Park Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer With Us. Volunteers performing their duties in the park


Long Term 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 Assistants assist with maintaining the public day use areas 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 Ambassadors 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.
  • Park Improvement Volunteers help with park maintenance and trail improvement peojects. They will also help with any public volunteer projects such as earth day.

What are some of the benefits of volunteering?

  • Training conducted by experienced staff
  • A comprehensive online 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 require 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 paperwork process will begin at the orientation/open house so it is a required part of the volunteer hire process.
  • Use this link to view available Orientation Dates.

Step 3: The Application Process

  • All applicants must fill out an online volunteer application (using the link to the right). Applicants who submit an online application but did not attend the required orientation/open house will be asked to attend the next available session beforemoving forward in the process.
  • Background check is required for all long term volunteers.

Step 4: Training

  • All accepted volunteers complete our required training courses. In the three-sesson training course, new volunteers have a chance to learn about the natural and cultural history of the park, proper interpretation and visitor interaction techniques, and complete the Bear in Mind Fundamentals of Workplace Awareness online training.

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


Short Term Volunteer Events

Chino Hills State Park currently accepts requests for small scale weekend volunteer events.
To request a smale scale volunteer event please contact Park Volunteer Coordinator Ian Bernstein at for more informaiton. Current staffing availability and environmental concerns are taken into consideration prior to request approval.

California State Parks Foundation also holds regular volunteer events at different parks throughout California including Chino Hills State Park. These events range from brush and trail clearing to invasive species removal to trash cleanups.
For more information on California State Parks Foundation's Park Champions Program you can visit there website here: