Contact volunteer coordinator, Erica Hedlund at Erica.Hedlund@ to obtain an application form. You’ll learn how to develop and present interpretive programs, how to interact with visitors and all about the wonderful history of Bodie, California’s official gold mining ghost town.


The purpose of Bodie’s volunteer program is to augment and enhance our interpretive program. Volunteers can accomplish this by presenting interpretive programs, providing information to visitors while roving the park, assisting at the visitor center and helping with maintenance projects.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • You will gain valuable public speaking skills and learn about the roll Bodie played in California’s history. You will gain an appreciation of the natural and cultural history of the area and enjoy the satisfaction of serving visitors from all over the world.

  • After donating 50 hours a year, volunteers recieve a one-year pass for day-use to all Sierra Disctrict State Parks. After donating 200 hours, a pass is issued for for free day-use to all California State Parks for the following year.

  • Through your contribution of time and energy, the public will have a better understanding, awareness and appreciation of Bodie, the California State Park System and the Bodie Foundation, our non-profit cooperating association.


 In order to be a California State Park Volunteers at Bodie:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, able to move around easily and present programs at an altitude of 8,375 feet.

  • You must be reliable and committed.

  • You are requiried to log a minimum of 24 hours between Memorial Day Weekend and the end of September.

  • You must be fingerprinted and disclose any past criminal convictions.