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Become a Volunteer

Support Your San Diego River and the River Park!

Please note:

As our organization monitors and adapts to the changing landscape of community gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our volunteers is of critical importance.  Accordingly, many of the volunteer events we have offered in the past have been significantly modified, and other activities have been temporarily suspended. The information below may have changed due to COVID-19.


Our program staff are working from home, so you can contact us by email with questions about volunteer opportunities.  


We have also developed a list of Virtual Volunteer Opportunities that you can do from home!


No matter your ability level, we have volunteer opoortunities for nearly anyone who is interested in making a meangful difference. Our volunteers play a very important role in advancing the River Park and caring for the River system. There are individual and group projects available for river clean-ups, gardening, preserve managements, education programs, water quality monitoring, committees, office work and more!


Volunteer & Event Calendar

Looking for a particular project or date? Click here to see calendar.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in a more long-term volunteer opportunity?


For more information about signing up, email or call (619) 297-7380.


  • Internships: We offer a range of internships through our programs, primarily for college students. Learn more about open internship positions.
  • River Rescue Team: If you're looking for camaraderie and hard work, join the fun team of River Rescuers with activities Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
  • River clean-up leader: The Clean and Green Team leaders are trained to lead groups of up to 20 volunteers to remove identified trash sites during ~monthly Saturday morning river clean-ups.
  • River Assessment Field Team: The Assessment Team completes weekly field surveys of different sections of the San Diego River.  Along with a staff person or experienced guide, volunteers scout for trash and other issues, mark the locations on maps for future actions.
  • Water quality monitoring team: Learn to use water quality monitoring technology at monthly events with our RiverWatch team.
  • Education docent: Engage with youth and the community at ~monthly events through our Cool River education program.
  • Park Watch: A great opportunity if you already enjoy walking or riding the River Trail! Park Watch volunteers are needed for weekly monitoring of segments from the estuary to Santee.
  • Special event planning: Work with staff and volunteer committee to plan our Anniversary Celebration in September or River Days in May!
  • Front-desk receptionist: Be a part of our dynamic office by volunteering for a weekly 3-hour shift. Help with answering phones, emails, greeting guests and other administrative duties.
  • Video production: Create short simple videos for social media, or longer videos for fundraising and outreach.
  • Restoration project leader: Work with staff to lead small groups of volunteers in planting or other restoration activities on weekdays and weekends. Most work parties are ~3 hours.
  • Trail Team – If you enjoy working out on trails at one of our Preserves, then consider joining the Trail TeamHeadwaters. The current focus is enhancing trails at Eagle Peak Ranch and the South Rim area. We provide the tools and supplies.
  • Remote Camera Team - this crew cares for our remote wildlife cameras. This requires some hiking (generally off-trail). You will help download images, change batteries, care for solar panels and equipment and help move cameras as needed.
  • Headwaters Trail Planning Group - If you are interested in being part of a group to advance specific segments of Trails for the San Diego River Trail and associated connections, this might be for you. No experience needed, but this does require more time. Meeting may be held near Julian or at the SDRPF office.


  • Do you have another special skill or passion for the River?

    Call us at (619) 297-7380! We'd love to work with you.


Volunteer Leadership Training

If you are looking to grow your leadership skills or would like to lead other volunteers at our events, we invite you complete our volunteer leadership training. Offered several times a year, this program will give you the skills and knowledge to lead and inspire volunteers and arm you with talking points to raise awareness about The San Diego River Park Foundation.

For more information, or to learn about this year's training schedule, please contact Ally or call (619) 297-7380.





Last year, River Park Foundation volunteers made a difference for the River!



pounds of trash removed



hours of service coordinated



volunteer events hosted







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