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Volunteering at Pigeon Point

One of the tallest lighthouses on the west coast, Pigeon Point is truly a landmark of local history. Built in 1872, this 115-foot tall tower has helped mariners safely navigate up and down this notoriously treacherous stretch of California coast ever since. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using an Automated LED Beacon.

Each year, volunteers trained in the cultural and natural history of the park (docents) greet over 175,000 visitors from all over the world. Docents are primarily stationed in the Fog Signal Building (now our Interpretive Center) where they answer questions about the history of the light station, how a lighthouse functions, and the wildlife that we share this coast with. Docents also have the opportunity to lead guided walks through the Light Station grounds and participate in school field trip programs.

Docent Training Program

New docent training is offered in the spring. Experts are brought in to teach sections on subjects including the history of Pigeon Point Light Station, marine wildlife, and more. Training is also provided on interpretive techniques for educating visitors of all ages. The Pigeon Point Volunteer Program also provides opportunities for continuing education and enrichment throughout the year.

New docents also have the opportunity to shadow experienced docents and get "hands-on" learning at the lighthouse. There is no need to wait for the annual training to begin volunteering!

Requirements

  • Able to stand and talk for several hours
  • Comfortable inside or outdoors in any kind of weather
  • Able to commit to volunteering at least 1 day per month
  • Able to visit the park for an interview

Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer

  • Become part of the California State Park team
  • Meet new people from all over the world
  • Help connect thousands of visitors each year to things you care about
  • Take advantage of opportunities for ongoing education and training
  • Earn year-round park passes to California State Parks
  • 15% discount in the park store

How to Apply

To request an application or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Crowley, Interpreter I, at (650) 879-2120 or email Volunteers.PigeonPoint@parks.ca.gov

For information about volunteering and to apply at other state parks in the Santa Cruz District or across the state, visit our Volunteer Portal