Opportunities to volunteer at Chino Hills State Park are available under the following programs.
VOLUNTEER IN PARKS (VIP)
This program is for persons interested in participating in a formal volunteer program at the Park on a regular basis. Volunteers can serve in one or more of the following areas within the VIP program:
- Discovery Center Docent
The Discovery Center is partially staffed by volunteers. We are looking for highly motivated people to be Discovery Center Hosts. As a Docent you will interact with visitors in our new Discovery Center facility full of fun and engaging displays on the biodiversity that calls Chino Hills home. As a Docent you will also have the opportunity to help with special events, work with school groups, or interpret our Discovery Cart, which is full of amazing artifacts. A Docent is scheduled based on their availability for a four hour shift on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays between 9 – 4.
- Natural Resource Volunteer
Volunteers will learn and then teach others to identify plants, collect, process and propagate seeds, and care for growing plants. Members also participate in planting plants at restoration sites, caring for the plants, and monitoring planting sites while the plants establish themselves. Team members assist with exotic pest plant removal projects, and teach visitors and other volunteers about Chino Hills State Park vegetation communities and the Park’s restoration activities. Volunteer activities may include heavy lifting, hiking, and working with tools.
- Trail Guide
Trail guides are a new and upcoming opportunity for volunteers. Guides will receive special training on how to interact with visitors, safety procedures, and knowledge of the trails. Guides will be expected to hike on the trails, provide directions to visitors, point out flora and fauna, answer questions, and provide basic help for those in need. They will be in contact with the rangers for safety and report trail-related problems and trail conditions. Volunteers must be able to hike the trails, carry water and a few supplies, be friendly, courteous, and remain calm in emergencies.
- OHM – Olinda Historic Museum and Park Docents
These volunteers assists as docents, guides, exhibit developers, museum curators and collections specialists at the Olinda Historic Museum and Park in the Olinda Ranch area of Brea. This program is an operations partnership between State Parks and the City of Brea which owns and maintains the Park.
Training is available for new volunteers and no experience is needed. For further information and applications for VIP programs, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ian Bernstein at (714) 524-2471.
GROUP SERVICE PROJECTS
Please contact us if your group is interested in performing a group service project at the Park. We will try to match a project to your group’s interest. Projects can be for a single day or multiple days. Call (714) 524-2471.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS
CHSP is an ideal setting to complete your Eagle Scout project! We always have several project opportunities to choose from and can accommodate scouts and troops of all skill levels and scouts with special needs. Our projects vary in difficulty from simple to complex. Most of the projects involve woodworking of some sort. Please email Eagle Scout Coordinator Ranger Poole or call 714-572-0182 for further information. Ranger Poole is available to meet with scouts most weekend mornings at the Rolling M Ranch to discuss project opportunities and to give tours of project sites.
SHORT-TERM OR SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS
Some of our special events, such as Earth Day, Living History Day, Wilderness Day, and Trail Maintenance workdays need volunteers for short-term work. Occasionally we even need volunteers with special skills for our interpretive programs such as Campfire evening programs and Junior Ranger programs. Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to accommodate an individual who wants to volunteer for something outside the realm of an organized event or scheduled program, but we will try to find something to match your interest and really appreciate your willingness to volunteer! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Ian Bernstein at (714) 524-2471.
INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEERS
We need your help too! Our volunteers assist at special events by promoting the Interpretive Association, distribute interpretive materials and sell interpretive products to help raise funds for the Park. Interpretive Association volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the VIP program. Contact CHSPIA President Neil Connolly for further information.