Join Save Mount Diablo’s passionate, energetic and dedicated volunteers.


Join our Volunteer Crew!

We Depend on You

With current development pressures and projected population growth in the Bay Area, Save Mount Diablo’s work is more important now than ever.

Given limited staff, resources, and time, Save Mount Diablo depends on volunteers to take organizational effectiveness from excellent to exceptional. Save Mount Diablo seeks to connect a passionate community to our mission, cultivating a sense of ownership and proficiency in every volunteer position offered. Whether you want to help with restoration and stewardship, help to restore lands, build and maintain trails, help with events, assist in the office, lead hikes, or advocate for us, there’s a place for you.

Volunteer Opportunities

Join Save Mount Diablo’s passionate, energetic and dedicated volunteers. There are plenty of opportunities to help us protect natural lands on and around Mount Diablo.

Our open volunteer positions are below. Check the categories to find the appropriate contact for each department, and send them a brief email stating your interest and best way to reach you.

Even if you don’t see a match, we may have a place for you! Contact us for more information.

For Individuals

Our small staff can use your help in the office with some of the basics like stuffing envelopes, filing, article & photo archiving, and copying. We love company! Stuff an envelope. Save our mountain!

Volunteer to perform a variety of office-related administrative tasks in our Walnut Creek office. From simple letter-stuffing and handwriting to making phone calls, to computer data entry. We have a heavier need in the later three quarters of the year.

For information on volunteering in the office, please contact:

Save Mount Diablo hosts several recreational, friend-raising and fundraising events per year, and these events are made possible through the efforts of many enthusiastic volunteers. From event planning committees to course marking, working at the event itself on registration, aid stations, food stations, parking, etc., we need your help!

For information on volunteering for events, please contact:

Want to build up your portfolio and marketing/communication skills while supporting Save Mount Diablo? We’ll tailor your role to suit your abilities and match your interests. Help out with a variety of print and digital graphic design projects including event signage, print publications, postcards, flyers, posters, and other collateral, or on digital marketing projects such as helping with our social media content planning,  website maintenance, email marketing campaigns and more.

For information on volunteering in our communications department, please contact:

Join an existing body of Stewardship Volunteers that perform a variety of tasks on Save Mount Diablo holdings, such as:

  • Our all-volunteer Stewardship Committee cares for SMD acquisitions, from the smallest (a few acres) to the largest (several hundred acres). In addition to basic land management, SMD stewards lead hikes through our properties for interested members of the public.
  • The Diablo Restoration Team (DiRT) helps restore properties so they can be turned over to park systems for public access. Volunteers weed, water, plant, clean and build. View the Annual DiRT Workday Calendar.
  • The East Bay Trail Dogs, a group of volunteer trail-builders, works with us to create environmentally-appropriate trails through our properties. Trails are designed in consultation with whichever public agency may take ownership of the land so that new trails will eventually connect with existing trail systems.

With a land bank of 2,300 acres and two Stewardship staff, we depend greatly on the “boots on the ground” work that Stewardship Volunteers perform – including two workdays per month on rotating properties, mowing firebreaks in the Spring, monthly property monitoring visits, and specific projects to steward the land.

For information on volunteering for Stewardship activities, please contact:

Save Mount Diablo leads fun and informative hikes on the Mountain, at all levels of intensity, in the Spring and Fall. If you are an experienced hiker and would like to learn how to lead hikes, we’ll provide training.

Hike Leaders help to host trailblazers on Save Mount Diablo properties and other portions of local open space as part of the Discover Diablo free public hike series. Meet new people who share an interest in Mount Diablo and educate hike participants about new and potential additions to the State and Regional Parks, as well as regional planning issues. Join in on periodic planning sessions and help shape annual Discover Diablo hike schedules!

Save Mount Diablo coordinates two monthly outings so there are plenty of opportunities to help lead groups, learn from experienced hike leaders, and become familiar with the network of protected lands in the Diablo Range. Check out Save Mount Diablo’s Activities Calendar for the next upcoming Hike Leader Workshop.

For information on volunteering as a Hike Leader, please contact:

Help Save Mount Diablo convey its mission to community groups, service-based organizations, and partnering land conservation agencies in the Diablo Range and beyond. Participate in tabling opportunities and speaking engagements, acting as an advocate and ambassador for the organization.

For information on volunteering for Save Mount Diablo’s Public Education & Outreach efforts, please contact:

The Land Use Volunteer (LUV) can assist SMD’s land use advocacy work in a variety of ways, from producing written materials to walking neighborhoods and distributing information during a campaign. Since land use activities can be of a sensitive political nature, may not follow a standard schedule, may require in-depth knowledge of SMD issue positions and may require in-office work and/or off-site travel, the specific activities a Land Use Volunteer may engage in depending on the characteristics of the particular volunteer. Therefore, those interested in the LUV position will first be interviewed to determine if and/or how SMD can utilize them in our land use work and if/how SMD can provide an interesting, meaningful and engaging volunteer experience.

For information on volunteering with Save Mount Diablo’s Land Use Planning & Advocacy Department, please contact:

For Groups & Corporations

Corporate Volunteering

Our corporate partners play an important role in the protection, restoration, and celebration of Mount Diablo. Save Mount Diablo partners with companies in a variety of ways – through sponsorship, volunteer days, special events, grant contributions and more. Learn how your company can be an integral part of our work, and discover the benefits that you, your employees and clients will receive.

For more information about setting up a special volunteer program for your corporate group, please contact:

Group Volunteering

Your group can have fun outdoors, learn about Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation message and help us protect open space. You can work with Save Mount Diablo to schedule a special volunteer program for your corporate or community group.

Another way to get involved is by joining a Diablo Restoration Team (DiRT) workday. Dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of natural resources in Contra Costa County, volunteers meet monthly to get DiRTy and contribute to the stewardship of habitat for sensitive and endangered species. Sign up below to volunteer to restore land at several sites on the east side of Mount Diablo. Check out our annual DiRT calendar.

For more information on scheduling a special program for your group, please contact:

Volunteers are the lifeblood that runs through this organization.

Save Mount Diablo is lucky to have an amazing volunteer base who help us to keep things running smoothly.

Each month, we select a volunteer to recognize for their outstanding work.

Here are some of their stories.

Paula Oudet | Volunteer of the Month (October 2018)

Paula Oudet, October Volunteer of the Month Interviewed by Roxana Lucero, Land Stewardship Associate About Paula How long have you lived in the Bay Area? Well, I moved to San Francisco in 1964, but I moved to Walnut Creek in 1971. How did you learn about Save Mount Diablo? I was always busy with work and raising my children, including supporting my daughter with synchronized swimming; but somehow in the 70s I was aware of the organization. I’m not really sure how I became aware, maybe it was in the newspaper, but I [...]

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Volunteer Testimonials

For the past eight years, I have been a member of the Diablo Restoration Team, a DiRT volunteer.  I have sown acorns, buckeye and grass seeds; planted native tree, shrub and grass seedlings; uprooted mustard, yellow starthistle, poison hemlock and other invasive flora; spaded, raked, hoed, pruned, toted and watered; and been rewarded a thousand times over with the camaraderie of like-minded souls, young and old, staff and volunteers.

As a life-long lover of books and reading, I have been delighted to discover, through my DiRT work, Nature as a storyteller. Not a day goes by out on the land that I am not aware of the poetry of birdsong and wind in the canyons and treetops, of the drama of the changing seasons, of that ongoing narrative of rebirth and renewal—that great saga of the cycle of life.

In a world in which hope so often seems elusive, habitat restoration work along the banks of Marsh Creek has given me an abundance of hope.  Come join me and thrive.

Kristen Wick, DiRT Volunteer

Volunteering at Save Mount Diablo’s DiRT days is very rewarding for Boys Team Charity of Walnut Creek, as we are helping to preserve and restore the open space and parks nearly right in our backyard. It’s also a fun outdoor excursion working on the land including watering, weeding and helping to keep the native plants and trees growing healthy and strong. In a growing suburban city such as Walnut Creek where development is high, it is very important to our community to help keep some of the land open for people to enjoy hikes and open space as well as continue to improve the habitat for our local wildlife.

Amy Laforteza, Boys Team Charity, Walnut Creek

Thank you for donating your time!