Volunteer Opportunities

Please note that most volunteer programs at Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA are cancelled until further notice due to the Walbridge Fire. Fire recovery efforts have begun with our stewardship volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering follow the instructions below.

Why Volunteer

Photo: Trail Crew Volunteers Hiking to Work Site

Help promote, restore and protect the natural and cultural resources of Russian River Area State Parks through interpretation, public stewardship, education programming, citizen science and by connecting visitors to their parks! In addition to serving in beautiful Western Sonoma County, volunteers who submit:

  • At least 24 hours receive a free Day Use Pass for all State Parks in the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District
  • At least 200 hours receive a free Day Use Pass for all California State Parks

Due to a growing and continued partnership with State Parks Stewards is proud to be able to offer these benefits to Stewards Volunteers as well. Check out our Stewards Volunteer Programs.

Volunteer requirements & training

All new volunteers must submit a DPR-208 form, Physician's Statement is optional, either at the general  orientation they attend or on their first day volunteering to whomever is training them. This form is available online or you can fill one out during your orientation, time will be given for this. In addition to this paperwork all new volunteers must attend one General Orientation. If you miss the date of the general orientation, you can still volunteer with us - just be sure to attend an orientation at some point in the future. Finally, to make this process easy and streamlined please follow the New Volunteer Checklist.


  1. Fill out State Park 208 paperwork for the program(s) that interest you. You only need to fill out one 208 form with additional forms, then attach the various duty statements to the forms. Keep a copy of the duty statement for your information. During Covid-19 you also are required to fill out and return a Covid-19 form found on our website
  2. There are a couple ways that you can return the forms to us. Scan and Email your completed paperwork WITH your signature to schall.amelia@parks.ca.gov and stewards@stewardscr.org 
  3. Next step is to sign up in the State Parks Better Impacts Portal. Instructions can be found on the Volunteer Resources page of our website. Once you fill out the online application with your qualification (programs you want to volunteer for) you will be approved. If you have trouble you can contact Amelia Schall by email and she will assist you. 
  4. After staff receive your paperwork you will be referred to the appropriate volunteer coordinator for the program(s) you are interested in. They will contact you with more information. If you don't hear from someone within a week, please email stewards@stewardscr.org and we will assist you. 
  5. Record your volunteer hours for each program on the Better Impacts Portal. The only way you can get your day-use park passes for volunteering is by submitting your hours by December of each calendar year for the following year. Contact Amelia Schall with any questions regarding park passes. 

Throughout the year, Stewards offers trainings for most of our volunteer programs, as well as informative and engaging seminars.

Volunteer Training Manuals can be found on the Volunteer Resources page of our website. 

More Information

Contact Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods via email or phone at (707) 869-9177

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