Volunteering is a great way to support Pinnacles National Park and spend time in one of the nation's most breathtaking national parks. Volunteer opportunities include habitat restoration projects, condor monitoring, nature center assistant, trail work, artist residencies, vegetation management, and more.

Long-term, drop-in, and group volunteer opportunities are available, and all serve vital roles in protecting the unique resources of Pinnacles National Park.
If you're interested in volunteering, but don't see a position listed here that would be a good fit, feel free to contact us here!.


Long Term Volunteering
Pinnacles is fortunate to have a range of volunteers that work for all our park offices! Some of the long-term ways to volunteer are:
- Preventative Search & Rescue:
hike trails in the park and assist visitors in need of directions, water, education, and assist with basic first aid.
- Vegetation & Restoration: picking invasive plants, surveying remote backcountry areas, collecting seeds, restoring habitat.
- Condors: monitoring and testing procedures.
- Trails: clearing overgrowth, clearing disability-access trails, rock work in the caves, monitoring the pig fence.
- Interpretation & Education: giving educational programs to schoolgroups, talking to visitors on trail about park resources, staffing the Nature Center.
- Night Skies: helping with Star Gazer Parties, assessing light pollution at night.

Group, Event, and Drop-in Volunteering

Trail work, plant habitat restoration, are recurring projects the park offers for volunteers to participate in! We offer scheduled service learning events to groups such as scout troops, business teams, wedding parties, school classes. We also have monthly recurring "drop-in" service events for interested individuals, no group required! Does your business or organization want to take part in a team-building restoration project? If so, we have many opportunities that can accommodate large groups. Please e-mail us for more information!

Our drop-in schedule is listed below. If you are an individual or group of less than 10 registration is not required but highly encouraged. Registration is required if you plan on bringing a school class, a Scout Troop, other group of 10 or more people OR are interested in a campsite with one week notice minimum. Participating in a scheduled volunteer service projects also grants volunteers the option of an overnight campsite. If you are interested in this option, please fill the registration form for more information.

Pre-register here: LINK

Once you preregister you will receive a follow-up email with more detailed project information.

Pre-registering is not require but highly encouraged. All project information can be found on our social media page one week prior to event date.

This years projects:

Invasives Pulling

Pulling invasives consist of pulling invasive species from our campground area. This is moderate work. This project involves physical labor including hiking, lifting, and repeated bending. Volunteers must be able to safely lift 5 pounds repeatedly and must be able to safely hike up to 3 miles. All training and work equipment will be provided.

Trail maintenance

Trail maintenance is a moderate to strenuous activity. Trail maintenance is the process of keeping the trail corridor clear in the clearing limits from vegetation with the use of hand tools.

Last updated: January 25, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

5000 East Entrance Road
Paicines, CA 95043


831 389-4486
Please call the number above for all park related inquiries. For camping questions contact the Pinnacles Campground at (831) 200-1722. For the park book store, please call (831) 389-4485.

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