Volunteer: Trail Patrol

The Trail Patrol program is currently full and is not accepting applications at this time.

The Trail Patrol Volunteer assists park staff in protecting park resources and facilitating safe and enjoyable visitor experiences by maintaining a National Park Service presence in front and backcountry areas on patrols in a non-commissioned role.


  • Work independently and alongside law enforcement rangers in patrol functions, with emphasis on visitor contact
  • Conduct patrols on foot, bike, boat, sea kayak, and vehicle ride-along
  • Educate and inform visitors about the park’s natural, historical, and cultural resources and regulations
  • Observe, collect, document, and report conditions of park resources and visitor well-being that require attention
  • Keep current on park conditions, closures, issues, etc.
  • Professionally represent the National Park Service by wearing a volunteer uniform and interacting with visitors in a professional, friendly, courteous, tactful, and helpful manner

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Desired

  • Desire to interact with and help people
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to function independently in backcountry and frontcountry situations
  • Ability to use and communicate via two-way radio
  • Knowledge of the park (flora, fauna, geology, history, etc.) and area helpful

Special Requirements of the Position
The Trail Patrol volunteer must be able to hike backcountry areas and/or bike established bike trails in Point Reyes National Seashore. If conducting kayak patrol, the volunteer must possess kayak certification. The Trail Patrol volunteer must wear a volunteer uniform (shirt provided by the park, khaki-colored pants provided by the volunteer) and may be subject to and required to clear a background investigation.

Schedule and Time Commitment
Trail Patrol volunteers are expected to make a 6 month commitment, working 16 hours per month, 4 to 8 hours per day. Work day hours are scheduled between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm.

Training is provided on-the-job and as opportunities arise.

Benefits to the Volunteer
The Trail Patrol volunteer enjoys the satisfaction in serving and educating a variety of park visitors while representing the National Park Service. The Trail Patrol volunteer also enjoys the satisfaction in helping to protect sensitive cultural, historical, and natural resources of national significance. The volunteer gains personal enrichment through experiencing and learning about Point Reyes National Seashore, including opportunities for formal and informal training about the park’s resources, opportunities to certify in CPR and first aid, search and rescue and other types of in-house training.

Group Type
Individuals are encouraged to participate.

Minimum Age
Minimum age is 18.

Housing and RV sites are not available.

Application and Contact Information
Please apply here. (You will be directed to Volunteer.gov.) For more information, contact Jose Galindo by email or at (415) 464-5177, or contact Emily Henderson by email or at (415) 464-5207.

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Last updated: October 18, 2019

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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