Photo by Mike Baird

CCSPA supports the work carried out by CA State Parks volunteers and docents. State Parks volunteer positions are diverse, and there’s a wide variety of opportunities to utilize skills and interests.


Docents are highly trained volunteers who interpret the cultural, natural and recreational features of state parks for visitors. Docents work with the public or behind-the-scenes to help people enjoy, understand, and protect the natural and cultural wonders of the Central Coast.

Museum and Visitor Center Volunteers offer interpretive and educational information to visitors. They are the friendly faces at the front and back desks, managing the retail store and answering visitors questions. Volunteers coordinate special events such as Summer Solstice, Skeleton Saturday and Saturday Scientists. They also work behind-the-scenes, curating and maintaining museum exhibits and managing the Museum library.

Trail Rovers hike the many trails and tide pools of the SLO Coast regions of Harmony Headlands, Estero Bluffs, Morro Strand, Marina Boardwalk, Black Hill, Cerro Cabrillo and Montaña de Oro. They greet and inform visitors on the trails about natural, cultural and historic features.

state parks associates

Coast Mounted Assistance (CMA) was originally established in 1973 to assist State Park employees with mapping and constructing the trails system within Montaña de Oro State Park. Today, these volunteers also patrol park beaches andtrails, provide information to park visitors, help maintain the Horse Camp facilities.

Sea Life Stewards paddle in kayaks on Morro Bay waters to educate visitors in an informal manner about how to observe wildlife while minimizing disturbance. The program developed out of the increasing realization that many visitors may be unaware of wildlife sensitivity to human disturbance, both intentional and unintentional.

Black Hills Gang and CCCMB (Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers) are volunteer groups that assist State Park staff in maintaining and building trails in State Parks.

CCSPA volunteers

The Central Coast State Parks Association has the following volunteer opportunities:

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Committee Members – Do you love films? Help coordinate our annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival and help spread the word about environmental issues affecting us all.

Retail Sales and Management – We need help with inventory, stocking, pricing and point-of-sale.

General Office Help – Filing, data entry etc.

Events and Gatherings – Help coordinate CCSPA events and use your marketing / organizational talents to build our brand in the community.

Donor and Sponsor Engagement – Connect with the local business community to inform members about the need for support in our local state parks.

Social Media Management – Keep CCSPA engaged in the conversation and up-to-date with posts, shares and updates.

Photography – Contribute to the image library for CCSPA’s social media, marketing materials and event graphics.

Outreach – Educate the community on behalf of CCSPA about upcoming events, opportunities and ways to become involved.