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"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank

The Open Space Division supports a volunteer program because of the public support that a volunteer program generates. All too often volunteer programs rely on the perception that volunteers are recruited and trained by government agencies because of the lack of funds to hire staff to accomplish the work that the volunteers are doing. While it is a fact that volunteers allow managers to spread out staff and accomplish jobs in a timely manner, volunteers bring so very much more to an agency's operations. Volunteers bring their talents, their interests, and as a group, volunteers are the physical manifestation of public support for the programs and operations of the Open Space.

Heritage Volunteer

Share your passion for the past as a docent at the historic Borges Ranch in Shell Ridge. You will greet visitors, conduct history tours, answer questions, and provide information about the Open Space. Open Space staff will provide an in-depth orientation on the historic site and the Open Space. Heritage Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two, four hour shifts per month on weekends and selected holidays.


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Trail Crew

Get out there and get involved with trail maintenance and construction, cleanup projects, and other important maintenance activities. These hands on activities take place outdoors in a variety of working conditions. Open Space staff work closely with the trail crew and provide tools and training. The Trail Crew will work throughout the Open Space on selected days during the week and on weekends.

Volunteer Patrol

Hit the trail and become an ambassador for the Open Space. Talk with visitors about Open Space rules, trail use and etiquette, general information, and monitor trail conditions. Open Space Rangers will coordinate and provide support with the patrol. The Volunteer Patrol is asked to work a minimum of two, four hour shifts per month throughout the week.

On Site Volunteer

Help out at your favorite Open Space area as an On Site Volunteer. You will assist staff with most aspects of daily operations including general maintenance, landscaping, basic carpentry, and trail work. Open Space staff will provide training and help on a variety of projects. On Site Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of two, four hour shifts per month throughout the week.