Volunteer Programs

Volunteer in the beautiful California State Parks of the Sierra foothills!

There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at Empire Mine State Historic Park, South Yuba River State Park, and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to match any interest. Volunteers can participate in any or all of the following activities after completing comprehensive training. 

 

Empire Mine SHP:

• Tour Leaders/Assistants: Lead or assist with Estate & Mine Yard Tours, Garden Tours, and/or Nature Trail Tours

• Trail Rovers: Answer visitors' questions and keep trails clean while you hike through the beautiful forest

• Blacksmiths: Interact with visitors while you demonstrate making period ironwork to sell in our gift shop

• Gift shop: Meet people from around the world and financially benefit our park's non-profit association

• School Tours: Lead tours and/or assist with 3rd-5th grade school programs

• Garden maintenance: help with gardening and maintenance of our Rose Garden and other Estate landscaping

• Living History: Wear Living History period clothing reproductions while giving Tours and/or staffing Special Events

• Special Events: Staff and/or assist with event setup and takedown for interpretive park events such as Miner's Picnic.

 

South Yuba River SP:

Visitor Center/Gift Shop: Greet and assist visitors to historical Bridgeport 

Gold panning: Teach visitors and students how to pan for gold

School programs: Lead tours and/or assist with 3rd - 5th grade school programs

Trail Rovers: Answer visitors' questions and keep trails clean while you hike

Nature tours: Lead or assist with wildflower, geology, and other natural history hikes

 

Malakoff Diggins SHP:

Town Tours: Lead or assist with tours to share the colorful history of North Bloomfield

School programs: Lead tours and/or assist with 3rd-5th grade school programs

Gold panning: Teach visitors and students how to pan for gold

Living History Special Events: Help bring the town to life by staffing and/or assisting with annual events such as Humbug Day.

  

 

Spring 2023 Training Dates

The Sierra Gold Sector is hosting a training for volunteering at Empire Mine State Historic Park, South Yuba River State Park and Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

After a required 2-day Orientation, applicants can attend the on-site Activity Training days for any of the three parks they are interested in volunteering at. A detailed schedule of the Activity Training days will be supplied at the Orientation so you can attend only the activities you would like to participate in.

All five training days are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and will be offered on both Fridays and Saturdays. Trainees only need to attend one of the days each week; Friday and Saturday trainings have the same content, except school program training is only included on Fridays.

 

(Dates rescheduled due to weather)

Required 2-Day Orientation dates for all park volunteer applicants:

Day 1: Friday March 31st or April 1st

AND

Day 2: Friday April 14th or Saturday April 15th.

Location: Empire Mine State Historic Park; free admission for trainees

 

Empire Mine SHP Activity Training

Date: Friday April 21st or Saturday April 22nd

Location: Empire Mine Visitor Center

Only required for volunteering at Empire Mine. School tour training is only held on April 21st.

 

South Yuba River SP Activity Training

Date: Friday April 28th or Saturday April 29th

Location: Bridgeport Visitor Center, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd, Penn Valley, CA

Only required for volunteering at South Yuba River State Park. School tour training is only held on April 28th.

 

Malakoff Diggins SHP Activity Training

Date: Friday May 5th or Saturday May 6th

Location: Malakoff Diggins SHP Visitor Center, 23579 N Bloomfield Rd, Nevada City (45 minutes from downtown Nevada City). If GPS directs you to turn onto N. Bloomfield Rd, DO NOT TAKE IT unless you want to travel on a long gravel road. For a paved road into the park, stay on Tyler Foote Rd. and follow signs onto Derbec Rd. and then N. Bloomfield Rd. 

Only required for volunteering at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. School tour training is only held on May 5th.

 

 

Apply Now!

Complete an application on our Better Impact volunteer program webpage, www.myimpactpage.com (in the Keyword box, type Empire, Yuba or Malakoff) or email the Sierra Gold Sector Volunteer Coordinator

For more information about the program, email or call Volunteer Coordinator Jean Rhyne at (530) 273-7714.