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You Can Make A Difference…

Anyone can donate their time and effort to providing essential services at GGNRA. Volunteer opportunities at Golden Gate National Recreation Area are as diverse and abundant, as the natural and cultural resources of the park.

Volunteers at Golden Gate play a vital role in almost all aspects of park operations:

  • Designing and conducting information programs for the general public.

  • Removing non-native plants, growing native plants, or working in one of the park's nurseries.

  • Cleaning up garbage and restoring historic structures and sites

  • Working with park scientists to protect endangered species and conduct scientific research


Each volunteer's contribution makes a big difference! Depending on the opportunity, volunteers may donate several months at a time or perhaps a few hours. Volunteers at Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz Island, Presidio of San Francisco, and Fort Point National Historic Site help present the diverse resources of one of America's most popular National Parks to today's visitors, and help preserve these precious resource for future generations.


Resources & Benefits

Join us, and become a part of one of the largest and most diverse volunteer programs in the National Park System.

  • Volunteers who earn 250 or more hours can receive a pass entitling them to free entry to all Federal lands for 12 months. The Volunteer Pass is honored nationwide at all National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service areas where standard amenity fees are charged.

  • Long term volunteer opportunities are offered by the National Park Service. Living in park options may be available.

  • All volunteers receive orientation and training.

  • The National Park Service is an equal opportunity employer.


Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger

Join Ranger Marcus for a 1-hour virtual program to become a Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger. During this program Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will discover how they can protect our natural and cultural resources in national parks. Join the fun, explore your national parks (virtually) and spark your awareness while becoming a Resource Stewardship Ranger. We need your help to understand and preserve America’s treasures.

Become a Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger

Scouts can receive certificates and/or patches for participating in the program through exploring, learning, or servicing in your National Parks.

How to Register: Troops can reserve a virtual ranger-led talk to begin their Scout Ranger Program journey. Starting February 17th, 2021, programs can be scheduled on Wednesdays at 4 pm, by emailing e-mail us.


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Coastal Cleanup Day:

There are limited service projects by registration only happening on for Coastal Cleanup 2021 at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Please check the California Coastal Commission's Website for more information: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html.

Connect With Us:

Volunteer Program
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123

Volunteer Hotline: (415) 561-4755

Email: volunteer@parksconservancy.org

Last updated: September 23, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123-0022


415 561-4700

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