Note: Some of these opportunities may not be available at any given time due to certain conditions at the park. Always check with the Volunteer Manager for current opportunities.
Welcome and orient visitors to the Monument. Answer questions about the park, San Diego County, and the National Park Service. Assist with Ranger-led programs and general Visitor Center operations.
Bring history alive by portraying a persona of the three epochs interpreted in the park: 16th Century Spain and the New World, 19th Century Lighthouse era, and WWII Coastal Defense. Interact with visitors and enlighten them to Cabrillo’s rich history.
Represent Cabrillo National Monument and bring the Mission of the NPS to your local community. Present artifacts, lead activities, provide information or staff a booth. Bring Cabrillo National Monument into your community today!
Tidepool Protection, Education, and Restoration Program. Ensure that visitors respect the protected and sensitive environment of the rocky intertidal, educate visitors about its marine and shorebird life and geological aspects. Located either in the tidepool area and/or at the interpretive table adjacent to the tidepool area.
Measure the size and frequency of key marine species, including setting up transects for algae (seaweeds), and taking photos in specifically sized plots of mussels, rockweed and two types of barnacles. The recorded data is used to monitor the health of the marine species populations.
Count shorebirds and people in the three areas of the Cabrillo tidepools and record sea and weather conditions for one-hour periods. The data is used with the tidepool monitoring data to determine how birds may be affecting the tidepools and how people may be affecting the number of birds eating in the tidepools.
This volunteer opportunity involves weed pulling, seed collection, assisting in greenhouse plant restoration, and invasive species removal, as well as growing new native plants (from seeds collected in the park) in the greenhouse to replace cleared vegetation. Locate and collect data about non-native species. Assist with the lighthouse and Kumeyaay gardens.
Work may include carpentry, painting, landscaping, custodial, plumbing, electric and/or any basic trades.
Gain practical experience and an intimate understanding of the operation and management procedures of a National Park Service unit. The intern works within several divisions and is involved with a variety of work projects. Get your hands dirty with Rangers in the field and provide customer service to the over one million annual visitors. There are various activities that meet the need for most intern students. Discover Cabrillo’s wonderful natural and cultural resources. Working as an intern doing the kind of work you may be considering for a career can help you better gauge your own skills and desires, make valuable contacts, and even consider new options. Each intern position is uniquely matched to you and the area of the park where you wish to work.
Enjoy gorgeous views as you volunteer at the Lighthouse Information Station and introduce visitors to the unique history of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Come be a part of this exciting opportunity to work in one of San Diego’s most iconic landmarks.
Help maintain CNM social and digital platforms as instructed by Park Mentor. This includes, but is not limited to: daily posting of park information and pictures, visitor interaction, and maintenance of media contacts. Other opportunities include creating visually impacting video and graphic content from park outlets (natural resources, living history, events, and regular park happenings).
Help maintain the Old Lighthouse Garden by weeding, watering and planting seeds. Interact with visitors and invite them into the garden to taste seasonal produce. Also help with proper upkeep and maintenance of garden supplies and water hose. Also interact with visitors about the life at the Lighthouse circa 1887.
Last revised 04-Jul-17