Volunteer with The Nature Conservancy

Santa Clara River Preserve Ambassadors


A view of the rock-covered bank of the Santa Clara River from ground level looking out across the river at mountains in the background..
Santa Clara River Preserve The Santa Clara River is a rare gem in southern California as it’s one of the last relatively wild and unaltered river systems. © Kat Selm/TNC
Volunteer Overview

The Santa Clara River is a rare gem in Southern California as it’s one of the last relatively wild and unaltered river systems and supports 18 threatened and endangered species, making it a high-priority area for conservation. The area also provides a platform to connect people with nature by offering public access opportunities for under-resourced communities.

Currently, TNC is developing visitor amenities at its first publicly accessible location on the Santa Clara River in Ventura County. With the inclusion of an amphitheater for outdoor classrooms, bus parking and multilingual educational signage, it is TNC’s hope that this preserve provides a dynamic outdoor classroom and living laboratory.

In person work
Santa Clara River
Multiple dates and varied times

Please join TNC’s team on the Santa Clara River by being one of our first Preserve Ambassadors!

Preserve Ambassadors will be expected to:

  • Greet and engage visitors in a friendly manner and educate guests on TNC’s mission and the rules of the preserve
  • Open and close the preserve gate
  • Collect trash, do light trail maintenance and help maintain visitor features
  • Schedule volunteer hours with other ambassadors through a shared calendar and log volunteer hours monthly
  • Possibly organize and lead hikes, workdays and other stewardship events at the preserve, dependent upon preserve needs and volunteer skill level
  • Commit to at least one hour/week, for at least one year
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be comfortable standing and walking for extended periods, talking with the public and working in variable weather conditions
  • Complete all required paperwork and attend all required trainings including TNC’s Youth Safety Training
  • Submit to a background screen

Become a Preserve Ambassador!

If this work sounds interesting to you, please apply here, and a member of our team will be in touch with you after reviewing your application.