Volunteer Opportunities

We know that behind our successes lay the efforts of our volunteers and this volunteer participation is absolutely crucial to the strength of our organization. Volunteers help to form the foundation of community representation in our work. This connection plays an integral role when striving to provide a high quality experience for all park visitors.

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Our Volunteer Program also works closely with the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) to provide volunteer workdays and special events at our parks and golf courses. The following is a list of workdays organized by ECOSLO.   If you’d like to get involved please contact ECOSLO at 805.544.1777.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities – 2016

June 4National Trails Day Volunteer Work Day at both Santa Margarita Lake and Lopez Lake Recreation Area

July 5Cayucos Beach Clean up after the 4th of July Celebration

September 17California Coastal Clean-up Day at Cayucos Beach


On-Going Volunteer Workdays

Friends of Lopez Lake – The FOLL meet on the third Sunday of the Month and then after the meeting they participate in one of the many projects FOLL is working on. They help to keep Lopez Lake beautiful by picking up shoreline litter. For information please contact our Park Ranger Office at 805.788.2381.

Elfin Forest Work Parties – Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP) organizes “First Saturday Work Parties.” Please dress for wind, fog, or sun. Layers work well. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are best. Sturdy shoes are a must. Meet at the north end of 15th Street at the Elfin Forest entrance. Take care not to park in front of driveways or mailboxes. 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Information: (805) 528-0392 or www.elfin-forest.org

How would you like to volunteer?

Adopt-A-Park – tailor tasks to suit your interests and goals. Adopt virtually any facility or feature at our parks including trails, beaches, landscaped areas, play areas, pools and many more!

Service Project – would you like to design and execute a landscape, trail or building project? We are always looking for volunteers to help beautify our parks and beaches.

Park Docent – assist with interpretive and educational programs, guided hikes, and demonstrations as well as act as a visitor/staff liason.

Park Host – be an integral part of our team at our regional parks or overnight camping facilities. Hosts are provided an RV site in exchange for assistance with visitor services, campsite maintenance and management.

Trail Workdays and/or Patrol – assist with flagging, brushing, building, sign making, and maintenance of County Parks’ Trails.

Golf Course Marshall – help to keep our courses running smoothly or assist in small repairs and maintenance.

Kids Fishing Clinics – help teach kids all the special tricks of catching fish. Clinics are hosted at Lopez Lake Recreation Area and Santa Margarita Lake.

Dog Park Volunteers – we have several dog park organizations that could use your help in keeping our dog parks safe and clean for your fury “best friend.” Come play and volunteer at Cayucos Dog Park, El Chorro Dog Park, Heilmann Dog Park or Vineyard Dog Park. Woof!