From the beginning, volunteers have played a vital role in the development of the San Joaquin River Parkway. Today, more than ever, volunteers play a key role in all aspects of the Trust's mission.
In each of our focus areas, there is a need for those who want to help out occasionally and for those who can make the commitment to one of our ongoing programs.
Thank you for your interest in helping to make the San Joaquin River Parkway a reality!
Each volunteer opportunity will require you to bring a volunteer service agreement form on the day of service in order to ensure your safety and participation in our event. You can download and print that form here.
River Stewards assist with and/or lead land stewardship projects. Projects might include habitat restoration, exotic species removal, trail maintenance and river clean-up events. Training is provided for each project. As an added benefit, River Stewards are invited on a guided canoe trip designed especially for stewards. Stewards are also eligible to go along on canoe trips that are not fully booked.
Parties for the Parkway
There are a variety of opportunities within the Parties for the Parkway program for potential volunteers. The Parties committee plans future seasons of parties including soliciting for donations and hosts. Occasionally, hosts will request help for specific parties.
We need a consistent and trustworthy volunteer to aid with the data management of the Parties' system. If you have a few hours a week to spare and are interested in event coordination and experience, fill out this form to volunteer with us.
River Field Trip Docents and the Education Program
River Field Trip Docents lead field trips to sites along the San Joaquin River for grades K-12 from Fresno, Clovis and Madera Unified districts. Docents also take the river to the schools with River Quest classroom programs. Complete training is provided through classes, observation, monthly meetings, docent field trips and ongoing support. Docents are expected to lead a minimum of two field trips a month during the traditional school year.
Nature Walk and Canoe Adventure Docents
Looking for something really fun to do on the weekends? Would you like to help others experience the splendor of nature and expand their understanding of our environment in everyday life? Why not do both at the same time? Become a Parkway Nature Walk or Canoe Activity Docent and assist the exciting and educational weekend Outdoor Activities! Help guide Canoe Tours down the river, lead nature walks on beautiful Parkway lands, or lead a Bald Eagle Tour on Millerton Lake.
Throughout the year, the River Parkway Trust goes out into the community at different venues to share with others the benefits of the San Joaquin River Parkway. When needing to promote our properties or upcoming events, volunteers are the backbone in getting the word out to the community.
There are always projects in the Trust office that can involve the talents of volunteers who prefer to work in an office setting. We welcome volunteers on a regular or on-call basis. We have special need for individuals with computer and database skills.
- For May dates to be an office aid, click here to register.
Check the box "Volunteer" to subscribe to our volunteer newsletters for more information about how to serve with us!
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