Volunteer Opportunities

Crystal Cove State Park Needs You!

Volunteer Opportunities


California State Parks need your help to introduce this special and unique spot to visitors and to help them appreciate and learn about the many natural and historic resources available at Crystal Cove State Park.

Volunteers and docents are highly visible representatives and serve as ambassadors for California State Parks. Some of the volunteer duties include conducting interpretive hikes and programs, educating the public about resource protection, and encouraging compliance with park rules and regulations. There are many opportunities for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers and docents.

The following briefly summarize the volunteer programs at Crystal Cove State Park: 

 Docents lead hikes, walks, and talks including backcountry hikes, beach walks, tidepool talks, nature photo walks, and geology walks.

tp volunteer Kimberly

Tidepool Volunteers educate the public through roving interpretation about the State Marine Protected Area as well as tidepool ecology and preservation of the fragile ecosystem.  Volunteers provide information, help identify creatures, and remind park visitors about proper tidepool etiquette.

Trail Assistance

Trail Assistant Volunteers patrol the backcountry either on mountain bike or on foot and provide valuable information about the backcountry to park staff.  Trail assistance may include providing route recommendations and directions, helping with trail repair, or providing emergency communications. 

Volunteers/Park Host staff the Historic District Visitor Center.  They greet and welcome park visitors and provide information and education about the 12-acre Historic District, the overnight accommodations, and the park’s resources.

Park Store volunteers staff the interpretive store in the Historic District.  They welcome the public and provide cheerful customer service while selling store merchandise.

 Crystal Cove State Park also has a non-profit Cooperating Association partner, Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA) that is dedicated to education, conservation, and restoration in the park.  For more information about CCA see www.crystalcovealliance.org

 All volunteers are required to attend a training session to become familiar with the park resources and policies.  To be put on a list for future trainings please contact the Park Volunteer Coordinator at Winter.Bonnin@parks.ca.gov