Volunteering with the Conservancy is a rewarding way to give back to the local community and environment. The peninsula is a green oasis in L.A. County, providing volunteers with the opportunity to escape the hustle and stress of the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. By giving your time and energy, you will be rewarded with the knowledge you have made a difference and helped the Conservancy fulfill its mission.
To join volunteer opportunities and trainings, please click here:
Volunteer Hub Instructions [PDF: 680KB]
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
Click on the links to discover all the ways to volunteer with the Conservancy:
Outdoor Volunteer Days
Help the Conservancy restore vital habitat by planting natives and removing invasive species in various preserves around the peninsula. All volunteer work days are on Saturdays from 9am. Training, tools, camaraderie and beautiful scenery are provided, but bring close-toed shoes, water and sun protection. Outdoor workdays will be cancelled if it rains.
Summer 2015 [PDF: 234KB]
White Point Demonstration Garden Volunteers
Do you like to garden? We are looking for volunteers to help plant, water, and weed the Demonstration Garden. Work closely with White Point Nature Center naturalists to beautify the garden.
Team Leader Program
Interested in going above and beyond your average outdoor volunteer? Then the Team Leader program is for you! Learn more about native plants, habitat restoration, and growing plants in the nursery through exclusive training workshops held throughout the year.
Keeping an Extra Eye on the Preserves for Environmental Review and Stewardship spells out KEEPERS, an all-volunteer program for helping us manage the preserves. Our KEEPERS hike a designated section of a preserve on a monthly basis and report their findings. Through these extra eyes on the preserves, we learn more quickly about areas that can be addressed to improve the conditions of the preserves. Volunteers are asked to commit to a full year of monthly surveys. Training will be provided and is bolstered by semi-annual KEEPERS meetings held at different locations throughout our preserves. Program currently filled. Please see the list of opportunities above for other ways to volunteer.
Volunteer Trail Watch
Volunteers provide assistance on the Preserve educating users about the importance of Preserve rules and unique features. It is similar to a Neighborhood Watch program: volunteers provide assistance to the Rangers as additional eyes and ears on the Preserve and educate users about the Preserve’s rules and unique features.
Volunteers commit 4 hours per month for at least one year and participate in a nine-hour training program three separate Saturday mornings, 9 am to noon.
Check back for next training dates.
Volunteer Trail Watch Application [PDF: 117KB]
The Palos Verdes HERO Club [HERO stands for Habitat/Environmental Restoration Organization] is a nonprofit organization driven by students of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and Palos Verdes High School. The HERO Club works jointly with the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy to restore and preserve land on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Check out their website if you would like to get involved: www.theheroclub.org
Become a member of this trail-blazing volunteer crew dedicated to improving the trail systems around the peninsula's preserves. An introductory class is followed by hands-on field training taught by a nationally recognized trail expert. This free 50-hour program teaches such skills as trail assessment, outsloping and grading techniques, building retaining structures, switchbacks, and more. At the end, class participants become official Trail Crew members certified to propose, organize and facilitate trail projects with the PVPLC.
Native Plant Nursery
Located in San Pedro, our native plant nursery produces more than 60 species native to the Peninsula. Typical volunteer projects include seed germination, plant propagation, transplanting seedlings, sorting and cleaning seed, and removing weeds from plant containers.
"One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something."
- Henry David Thoreau
Eagle, Silver and Gold Award Projects - The Conservancy very much appreciates the contributions made to our work by Scouts for Eagle, Silver, and Gold Awards. Unfortunately, due to limitations of staff time, particularly on weekends, we cannot accommodate all of the people who contact us with a project. A Scout award project needs to have at least 120 days notice before the project deadline. The Conservancy will make every effort to respond within two days of submitting the application form provided below. If the Conservancy can accommodate your proposal, the Scout will need to organize a meeting with the staff member who will assist with the project. This meeting will establish the project type, timeline, and completion date.
Scout Projects Application [PDF: 45KB]
Volunteers will help the Conservancy fulfill its wildlife monitoring requirements by conducting weekly surveys from November through March. Through this experience, volunteers will be adept at reading signs for wild coyote, gray fox, and red fox. Data will be reported to the Conservancy electronically. We ask that volunteers attend four training workshops and commit to conducting weekly surveys along specific transects within the preserves, weather permitting. Please check website for next training dates.
Cactus Wren Tracking
You are invited to join our Citizen Science Program for monitoring the charismatic cactus wrens in our preserves. This will be an annual program to track the birds, their nests, and their success in rearing babies. Training typically takes place in February, with monitoring beginning in March and lasting through August. Volunteers are asked to perform a minimum of four hours of monitoring monthly.
Teaching docents are needed to participate in the education program, helping to guide nature walks as well as reaching out to youth in the classroom. The Third-Grade Naturalist program consists of a four-part, in-class educational unit covering local ecology, native plants, geology, history, Native-American culture, mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. The program culminates in a field trip to a local open space where children are led on an interactive nature walk to use their in-class training. Lessons are taught by trained docents, with assistance from parent volunteers on the field trips.
George F Canyon Docent
The charming George F Canyon Nature Center needs a variety of volunteers to staff the center or help with special events. The Nature Center is located on Palos Verdes Drive East, just south of Palos Verdes Drive North. The hours required are minimal; here's your chance to make a difference with a small amount of time.
Saturday Nature Walk Docent
The Conservancy holds nature walks on the second Saturday of every month and two Saturdays a month at George F Canyon, and additional leaders are needed for these walks. Walk Program Leader training hikes take place about a week before each scheduled public walk to help train and orient docents to the site.
White Point Docent
The dynamic White Point Nature Education Center needs a variety of volunteers to staff the Center and help with special events. The Nature Center is located at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.
The Conservancy offers internships for high school and college students with opportunities to learn alongside staff in the field around the Preserves or native plant nursery, or in the office.
We need help in the office preparing mailings, doing computer work, research, and with special events. Our office is located at 916 Silver Spur Road, #207 (across from CVS) in Rolling Hills Estates.