Volunteer: Habitat Restoration

Join the original Habitat Restoration Program (HRP) at Point Reyes National Seashore to help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbott's Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs, the Estero area, and other high-value habitat areas at Point Reyes National Seashore. Visit some of the most beautiful areas in the park and learn about local plant ecology while you work alongside park staff to carry out ecological restoration projects. Get involved, meet new people, and make a positive impact on your environment!


  • Conduct manual removal of invasive non-native plant species under supervision of park staff
  • Track amount of plant material removed in each workday
  • Use hand tools safely and responsibly, returning them to park staff at end of workday

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Desired
Ability to perform moderate physical labor, sometimes on steep, uneven terrain in windy, wet, foggy, cool, or hot conditions.

Special Requirements of the Position
Volunteers are advised to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and other seasonally appropriate clothing, as well as bring lunch and water. Gloves and tools will be provided. Weather at work sites may be considerably cooler than that at Bear Valley.

Schedule and Time Commitment
Program generally meets on the second or last Sunday and the third Thursday of most months throughout the year.

Participants of workdays held on Sundays meet at 9 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and carpool to a work site elsewhere in the park until about 1 pm. If you wish to participate in a Sunday workday, please confirm your attendance with Ellen Hamingson (see contact information below) before 4 pm on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday workday.

Participants of workdays held on Thursdays meet at 9:30 am at or near the work site and work until about 1:30 pm, with a lunch break around noon. If you wish to participate in a Thursday workday, please confirm your attendance with Ellen Hamingson before 4 pm on the day (Wednesday) before the workday.

Currently scheduled workdays for 2015 and early 2016 include:

  • Sunday, October 25, 2015
  • Sunday, November 8, 2015 - CANCELLED
  • Thursday, November 19, 2015
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016
  • Sunday, March 13, 2016

For additional details about the next workday, visit our Schedule of Events: Habitat Restoration Program Workdays page.

Groups can schedule additional weekend or weekday dates. See below for additional information about groups.

Volunteers are not required to work more than one day at a time. However, volunteers are welcome to work as many of the work days as desired.

Training is provided on-the-job.

Benefits to the Volunteer
Volunteers have the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful areas in the park and learn about local plant ecology while working alongside park staff. Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of helping to protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat.

Group Type
Individuals and groups welcome. Minimum group size is 4, maximum group size is 20. If you have a group of 5 or more, please call as far in advance as possible to see whether space is still available since many sites can support only a limited number of volunteers. Many groups contact us a month or more in advance. However, do not hesitate to call as late as the Thursday preceding the Sunday workday. Program staff usually take their weekends on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Sunday workday.

Minimum Age
Minimum age is 9. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact us (see below) for more information.

Housing and RV sites are not available.

Application and Contact Information
Please confirm your attendance before 5 pm on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday workday and/or on the day before the Thursday workday, or apply under the Current Opportunities listing. To confirm attendance and to request more information, contact Ellen Hamingson at 415-464-5196 or by email.

Visit the Habitat Restoration Volunteer Program page for more information.


California Invasive Species Action Week
The inaugural California Invasive Species Action Week will be held Saturday, June 6, through Sunday, June 14, 2015. The goal of the Action Week is to increase public awareness and promote public participation in California's fight against invasive species. There are numerous ways for people to participate, either independently, or as part of an organized effort. For example, you can learn which invasive species are issues in your area, remove invasives from your property, select native plants for your garden, harvest them for food, or volunteer to remove invasives from a participating park. Kids, you can learn about an invasive species that threatens your favorite outdoor place, and enter the Department of Fish and Wildlife's "Don't be a vector! Be a protector!" youth art contest. Winners will be announced during the Action Week! Check out the CISAW web page for poster contest details and to find out how you can take action: www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Invasives/Action-Week.

The CISAW Schedule of Events will be filled with volunteer opportunities and events hosted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, California’s National and State Parks, and dedicated volunteer programs and organizations across the state. Check the Action Week web page to find a participating organization or event near you, or for details on hosting a project or event of your own!

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