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Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide tremendous benefit to John Muir Land Trust by helping to fulfill our mission of protecting and caring for open space, ranches, farms, parkland, and shoreline in the East Bay. Whether you love getting your hands dirty outside, hiking with friends or using your specialized skills, we’ve got a place for you. As a volunteer you contribute to the preservation of our community's natural heritage through the following roles:

Volunteer on the Land:

  • Land Steward: Help with construction and conservation activities. Help build trails, fences, plant trees, and/or other property stewardship projects.
  • Trail Monitor: Hike JMLT properties to monitor trail conditions, fill maps, and check signage. Optionally: photograph, record wildlife species, and engage with the public while monitoring the properties. Requirements: Volunteer Orientation and Interview.
  • Hike Assistant: Assist Hike Leader to guide members of the public on JMLT properties for recreational and interpretive hikes. Be familiar with JMLT properties, trails, and comfortable leading people in the outdoors. Requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Interview, and Hike Training.
  • Hike Lead: Lead Hike Assistants and the public. Hike Leads are responsible for scouting the trails, training assistants, and coordinating with JMLT staff. Requirements: Experience as Hike Assistant, Interview, and Additional Training.

Volunteer in the Community:

  • Event Support: Help JMLT host large community celebrations and outreach events. Register and direct guests, sell merchandise, assist with parking direction and/or assist JMLT partners.
  • Ambassador: Share JMLT’s mission with the public and your friends. As an Ambassador you enjoy working alongside and communicating with people. Requirements: Volunteer Orientation, Previous JMLT Volunteer Experience, Interview, and Community Outreach Training.

Volunteer with Other Skills:

JMLT works with volunteers of all types. If you have specialty skills, please reach out.

  • Office Support: Help JMLT’s administrative efforts, support development, and organize outreach programs. You may help with data entry, filing, research and organizing. Long term and short term roles are available. Requirements: Interview.
  • Photography: Supply JMLT with photos of our properties and events.

To Apply: Please review the job descriptions above and apply here

Volunteer Orientation is a great place to learn more about John Muir Land Trust and volunteer opportunities. Visit JMLT’s calendar to find upcoming Volunteer Orientations.

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.

We look forward to meeting you! Contact for more information.