• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Volunteer: Habitat Restoration - Scotch Broom

The Habitat Restoration - Scotch Broom volunteer assists park staff to restore native plant communities, maintain the balance of local ecosystems, and prevent the spread of harmful invasive species by removing Scotch broom from rangeland in Point Reyes National Seashore.


  • Remove Scotch broom plants and seedlings by hand and with hand tools
  • Spread native seed in areas treated with fire

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Desired

  • Ability to walk moderate distances over rough, hilly terrain while carrying a weed wrench

Special Requirements of the Position

Schedule and Time Commitment
Habitat Restoration - Scotch Broom is a drop-in program where 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.

Work days are scheduled on select Sundays from May to September, 2013. Participants meet at 9:00 am at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Work days usually last 4 hours, generally from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm., however work times may be extended according to volunteer availability.

If you wish to participate, please confirm your attendance (contact John Swenson, see below) before 5 p.m. on the Thursday immediately preceding the Sunday workday. If fewer than four volunteers confirm participation, the workday will be cancelled.

There are no currently scheduled workdays.

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

There is also an option for a once-per-week internship-type commitment for those interested. Please apply using the link below or contact John Swenson (see below) for more information.

Training on Scotch broom identification and how to use tools will be provided on-the-job.

Benefits to the Volunteer
Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction in helping to restore and maintain native plant communities and habitat at Point Reyes National Seashore while spending time outdoors in one of the most beautiful environments in the country!

Group Type
Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate. Maximum group size is 20. Groups wishing to participate on any of the work days listed above are asked to confirm attendance in advance by contacting John Swenson (see below).

Groups may schedule work days on dates other than those listed above. Please contact John Swenson (see below).

Minimum Age
Minimum age is 16. 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 John Swenson at 415-464-5121 or by email.

Did You Know?

Bull elephant seal © Richard Allen

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