Adopt A Park

Park bench in front of Irvine Lake.Volunteers are the heartbeat of OC Parks. The types of work a volunteer can perform are many and varied; the only tasks a volunteer cannot carry out are those associated with law enforcement. Your skills and talents are matched with your work preference to obtain a role that satisfies you and best fulfills the mission of OC Parks. You may work on a part-time basis. You can participate in a one-time project or serve over several months, seasons or year-round. The commitment you make is up to you. Training will be provided to you if your job requires it. If you are retired or have days free, you may like to join our naturalist group. College students may perform volunteer service related to their coursework for college credit. A variety of jobs are available if you prefer the office environment. There are also numerous opportunities to perform vigorous but satisfying physical labor outdoors.

Some volunteer activities include:

  • Greeting visitors at nature centers
  • Working with computers in administrative offices
  • Taking photographs
  • Planting trees and seeding damaged areas as well as seed collecting for new plant growth
  • Presenting environmental education programs/nature walks and programs
  • Building and repairing nesting boxes, picnic tables, and other structures
  • Building and repairing trails.

How to apply:

Register as a General Volunteer Application or One Time Volunteer Application

To contact OC Parks Volunteer Services, call (714) 566-3067 or email