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
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 one Sunday of most months year-round. Participants meet at 9 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and work at a site until about 1 pm.
If you wish to participate, please confirm your attendance (contact Ellen Hamingson, see below) before 5 pm on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday workday. If fewer than four volunteers confirm participation, the workday will be canceled.
Currently scheduled workdays for 2013 include:
- Sunday, December 8, 2013
- Sunday, January 12, 2014
- Sunday, February 9, 2014
- Sunday, March 9, 2014
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
- Sunday, May 4, 2014
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.
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 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 p.m. on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday 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.