Volunteer Opportunities

In need of citizen scientist bird monitors

Scientists will monitor numerous biological and physical parameters at Sears Point over the next fifteen years. This is information that helps the entire restoration community better understand what worked, what didn’t, and how natural processes are unfolding there. One of these parameters will be bird use of the site, primarily shorebirds and waterfowl. The scientists collecting the data will be people like you.

While we can really use skilled birders, we are looking for anyone with an interest. Trainings will cover data collection and bird ID. Of course, birds are learned through long hours in the field. This is a chance to partner up with those more skilled than you and learn. Or, if you already have those skills, it’s an opportunity to share your knowledge. The trainings will be led by consultant Daniel Edelstein who has spent twenty years leading bird surveys and birding trips, and teaching at Merritt College in Oakland. If you are interested, please contact Karen Arrington at karen@sonomalandtrust.org

Sears Point docent program

This is a great opportunity to volunteer and be on hand to provide interpretation to help enhance visitors' enjoyment of this fabulous Bay access area. This program was launched with the opening of the new addition to the Bay Trail on May 15. Docents continue to lead tours on public open days throughout the year. The docent positions fall under three categories:

  • Introductory Interpreter to give 10-15 minute talks
  • Informal Interpreter to be on hand to answer questions and provide information as needed
  • Birders

We will provide training on the principles and practices for interpretation to help support your skills in engaging with the public, as well as educate you about the tidal ecosystem, the restoration project and other related information. No prior experience necessary! Would you be interested in joining us in offering this educational experience to the public in one (or more) of the docent positions? If you would like to participate in this program at any level, please contact Karen for more information.



Past volunteer opportunities

Since 1976, Sonoma Land Trust has been a vehicle for people with passion, persistence and a love of the land to come together to protect forever one of the most beautiful counties in America.



Volunteer with Sonoma Land Trust

You will enjoy:

  • Access to diverse and beautiful properties
  • Educational and skill building opportunities
  • Great community
  • Annual Volunteer Celebration


Become a Member

You will receive:

  • quarterly announcements of upcoming members-only hikes
  • monthly eNews and quarterly newsletters
  • seasonal invitations to members-only open days at Glen Oaks Ranch
  • ongoing satisfaction of helping preserve what we all love most about Sonoma County

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