Park and Recreation


Community Parks & Recreation Centers

Contact: Department Volunteer Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (619) 533-4017

Fax: (619) 525-8224

Hours: Vary; weekday afternoons or evenings; weekends.

Work with park ranger staff in building and maintaining trails and installing fencing, signage, water bars, and steps.

Qualifications: 18 years or older; good physical condition; able to perform strenuous tasks; enjoys working in a team.

Time Commitment: 1 day/month; 4 hours/day; mostly weekends.


Visitor Center Assistant Librarian

Assist in the organization and cataloging of library reference material; assist public with research; help with book sales and with promotion of library in community.

Qualifications: 16 years or older; enjoys working with public and assisting people; is familiar with library organization and research.

Time Commitment: 8+ hours/month; 12 months.


Visitor Center Volunteer

Assist park ranger staff in providing information to visitors and operating center, including answering phones; running audio visual system; operating gift shop; assisting groups in center.

Qualifications: 16 years or older in Visitor Center, 18 years or older in Gift Shop; enjoys working with public; interest in natural and/or cultural resources of region; interest in educating public on park purposes.

Time Commitment: 8+ hours/month; 12 months.


Volunteer Park Patrol

Assist park rangers in informing public about park rules and regulations; assist with nature programs; provide public assistance (first aid, CPR); etc. Patrol parks on foot, or on bicycle or horseback (must provide own).

Qualifications: 18 years or older; good physical condition; possess or obtain valid Red Cross First Aid and CPR certificate; good public relations skills.

Time Commitment: Varies; contact individual parks; generally 8 hours/month; 12+months.

Contact the Park Ranger:

Balboa Park/Florida Canyon: (619) 235-1123

Black Mtn/Crest Canyon/San Pasqual Valley: (858) 538-8082

Canyons and Parkland Program: (619) 235-5262

Kumeyaay Campground: (619) 668-2748

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve: (858) 538-8066

Mission Bay Park: (858) 581-7602

Mission Trails Regional Park: (619) 668-3276; (619) 668-3278

Mission Valley Preserve/Tecolote Nature Center: (858) 581-9961

Otay Valley Regional Park: (619) 235-5262

Presidio Park: (619) 235-5935

Shoreline Parks: (619) 235-5932

Tri-Canyon Parks (Tecolote Canyon/Rose Canyon/Marian Bear Memorial Park/Mission Valley Preserve): (858) 581-9952; (858) 581-9961

Locations: Vary

Hours: Weekdays or weekends

Minimum Age: 18 years or older, or younger with adult supervision

Court Referrals: Tri-Canyon Parks/Mission Valley Preserve and the Tecolote Nature Center (858) 581-9961

Canyons and Parkland Program: (619) 235-5262


Group Volunteer Opportunities:
Nature Lovers

If your group is interested in volunteering at a Park or Preserve please Contact the Park Ranger at the locations listed above.

Beach Combers

If your group is interested in volunteering for a Beach Clean-Up please contact staff at (619) 235-5929.


Senior Citizen Services

Contact: (619) 236-6905

Locations: 202 C Street, 1st floor, San Diego, CA 92101

Minimum Age: 18 years or older; Court Referrals: No


Individual Volunteer Opportunities:
Senior Services Office Assistant

Assist Senior Services staff with various office functions, including information and referral, answering phones, assisting public at counter, updating lists.

Qualifications: Excellent public relations skills, ability to work as part of a team.

Time Commitment: 1x per week (4 hour shift). Office is open M-F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Senior Services Dance Assistant

Greet event participants, assist with event set-up and clean-up (decorating, kitchen assistance) and serve refreshments.

Qualifications: Must be friendly and courteous, ability to work as part of a team.

Time Commitment: 1-2x per month. Dances are held in Balboa Park on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Senior Services Balboa Park Lounge Assistant

Greet guests, share Lounge resources, assist with setting-up and cleaning Senior Lounge.

Qualifications: Must be friendly and courteous, ability to work as part of a team.

Time Commitment: 1x per week (4 hour shift). Senior Lounge is open 7 days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Therapeutic Recreation Services

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, (619) 525-8247

Location: War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Minimum Age: 13 years or older; Court Referrals: Yes (conditional)


Individual Volunteer Opportunities:

Therapeutic Recreation Services Activities Assistant - Assist Therapeutic Recreation Services staff in conducting successful recreational experiences for persons with disabilities, including program set-up and hands-on assistance.

Qualifications: 13 years or older; Enjoys working with people; able to interact with persons with various disabilities and special needs; patient and understanding; able to work as part of a team.

Time Commitment: 2 programs/month; 2-6 hours/program.


Group Volunteer Opportunities include:
Special Projects/Special Event Group Volunteers

Assist with Therapeutic Recreation Services special projects and special events. Note: Groups must provide own supervision; groups of children must have adult supervision.

Time Commitment: Discretion of group.


Volunteer Office

Contact: Department Volunteer Coordinator, (619) 533-4017;

Location: 2130 Pan American Way, San Diego, CA 92101

Minimum Age: 13 years or older; Court Referrals: No


Special Event Assistant

Assist staff with special projects, organization of training materials, creating and formatting documents, creating PowerPoint presentations and conducting administrative/office duties including copying, filing, and faxing. Assist with special event/program budget tracking, volunteer application processing/ referrals, and volunteer recruitment fairs.

Qualifications: 13 years or older; Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database development (Access) and internet search knowledge. Ability to follow directions, perform detailed work accurately, work as a team and independently; possess excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; be creative and dependable.

Time Commitment: 1-3 days/week; 2-4 hours/day for 3-6 months. Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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