Volunteer with John Muir Land Trust

A land trust is many things. Among them, a land trust is a community. Without the dedicated lovers of nature, advocates, and volunteers who make land conservation possible, protecting our special places in the East Bay would not happen. Volunteers keep landscapes healthy and safe for humans and wild creatures alike.

JMLT offers volunteers the opportunity to access diverse and beautiful properties, meet new people, gain new experiences, and make a difference. Whether you love getting your hands dirty outside, hiking or using your specialized skills, we’ve got a place for you. 

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Stewardship Volunteer

As part of our mission, JMLT maintains and restores our properties. As a stewardship volunteer, you will help with construction and conservation projects. You may build trails, fences, plant trees, remove invasive plant species, dig ditches and/or other property stewardship projects. This role is physically demanding. View Stewardship Volunteer description

We also have ongoing needs for trail monitoring at our properties. As a trail monitor volunteer, you are JMLT’s eyes on the land. You hike JMLT properties to report on trail conditions, refill maps, and check signage. You may also record wildlife species, photograph nature, and engage with the public while monitoring the trails. View Trail Monitor Volunteer description

Family Harvest Farm Volunteer

Help grow organic produce, pull weeds, plant seeds, shovel mulch, and assist with other daily farm tasks at Family Harvest Farm— a JMLT program for youth and adults to participate in a local food system that encourages healthy living, nurtures the environment, and grows community. View Farm Volunteer description

Volunteer to cook fresh food harvested from Family Harvest Farm. View Farm Lunch Volunteer description.

JMLT is also seeking volunteers to help Farm staff with upcoming volunteer days at the farm. Projects may include mulching, planting, weeding, construction, and more. View Farm Volunteer Events Coordinator description

Office Support Volunteer

Help JMLT’s administrative efforts, support development, and organize outreach programs. You may assist with data entry, filing, research and organizing. Long term and short term roles are available. Please note: due to social distancing, this volunteer role has become more limited, but still available in certain cases. View Office Support Volunteer description

Special Events Volunteer

To achieve our mission, JMLT hosts philanthropic, community and promotional events throughout the year. Special Events volunteers support these outreach efforts by helping with pre-event preparations and providing day-of support.* You’ll get to spend time on our beautiful properties and work with JMLT's super-fun staff and community of supporters. View Special Events Volunteer description

* Interested in volunteering for Winter Festival at Family Harvest Farm on December 10? Please email events@jmlt.org 

Media Support Volunteer

JMLT welcomes help from digital do-gooders—media storytellers, photographers, videographers, content producers, etc.— to support and grow our online communities and amplify our mission. If you’re intrigued by the idea of using your multimedia skills to leave the planet a little better than you found it, then we want to hear from you. Get in touch!

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Qualifications and Training: Most volunteer roles require the applicant be 18 years of age. Please see job descriptions for more information on qualifications and training.