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Volunteers Needed!

General volunteer info:
Help Preserve Mount Diablo for Wildlife and People to Enjoy Forever

  • Meet new people
  • Learn more about Mount Diablo and its natural resources and recreational opportunities
  • Apply your skills and knowledge to a great cause
  • Help save the natural beauty of a mountain

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. Read below to find the volunteer opportunities that fit your availability and skills or call us and we will find the best volunteer job for you! The list below is a sample of opportunities but more are available.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer form, and contact by email or call 925-947-3535.

Join our Outreach Program
You can help preserve more of the natural lands at a variety of events. We are looking for dedicated individuals to represent Save Mount Diablo at the following community events. A two-hour training session is required prior to your first event. Trainings are held on weekdays and certain Saturdays. Email us at to sign up.  See the full Outreach Volunteer Description.


  • Biotics Volunteer
    Role: Help monitor, catalogue, and document the biodiversity of our properties
    Qualifications: (not entry level volunteer position) Experience with surveying/identification in field of study. Working knowledge of keys or guides within field of study.
    See the full description.
  • Cleanup Crew Volunteer
    Role: Aid in the removal trash, recyclables and miscellaneous debris from properties for the welfare of plant and animal life.
    Qualifications: Physical job including regular lifting and moving of objects.
    See the full description.
  • Hike and Event Calendar Volunteer
    Role: Post hikes and events hosted by partnering organizations in a timely matter with correct information.
    Qualifications: Work with online calendars, outlook, Google, etc.  
    See the full description.
  • Land Use Assistant
    Role: Attend meetings on the early stages of development projects and report back to staff relevant information on those projects.
    Qualifications: Ability to take notes during meetings and communicate relevant content to staff. Ability to write memos, emails, and give short presentations. Possession of a valid driver’s license and willingness to drive to meetings using your own vehicle.
    See the full description.
  • Map and Graphics Trainer
    Role: Train staff on how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, ArcGIS and other image programs.
    Qualifications: Highly skilled at creating and manipulating images in Photoshop. Knowledge of ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, and other programs may be useful. Interest in sharing knowledge.
    See the full description.
  • Property Monitor
    Role: Be our eyes and ears on the ground.  Visit every property we own once a month; increase capacity at the properties that already have monitors.
    Qualifications: Property ownership and management experience helpful.
    See the full description.
  • Restoration Volunteer
    Role: Support the Land Department in their attempt to control non-native and invasive weeds, plant/seed native species, water, monitor, and create interpretive elements for properties.
    Qualifications: Prior field experience helpful; Willingness to learn; Good work ethic and a good attitude.
    See the full description.
  • Skilled Labor Volunteer
    Role: Save Mount Diablo acquires properties containing residential/utility structures in varying states of stewardship and upkeep.  The purpose of a skilled labor volunteer would be to perform tasks related to field of expertise within these structures.  Tasks range from electrical work, plumbing work, demolition work, landscaping, fencing/fence removal, etc.
    Qualifications: (not entry level position) Trade experience/experience in field of interest.
    See the full description.

Non-Profit Administration

None at this time


  • Outreach Volunteer
    Role:  Educate the community about the work of Save Mount Diablo. Volunteers will hand out informational brochures and answer questions from the public at informational tables/booths at local community events and trail heads at local parks.
    Qualifications: Attend a 1-hour workshop and two events with an experienced advocate. Flexible schedule. Punctuality and enthusiasm. Being personable and outgoing. Reliable vehicle, valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance.
    See the full description.
  • Graphic Designer
    Role: Design displays to convey messaging about the Diablo wilderness in fresh and motivating ways. We create several publications throughout the year including our semi-annual newsletter, Diablo Watch, Annual Report, brochures, invitations, posters and the like.
    Qualifications: Creativity. Ability to meet deadlines. Knowledge of Adobe master suite CS 5.5, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus but not required.
    See the full description.
  • Digital Photo Archivist
    Role: Download, tag and digitally archive photographic assets that help us to show the importance of our work.
    Qualifications: Familiarity with computers. Knowledge of or willingness to learn how to download photos and save images with keywords so they can be found and utilized easily.
    See the full description.
  • Grant Research Assistant
    Role: Identify new funding sources to support our land preservation work through online research.
    Qualifications: Attention to detail. Enjoy research and spending time on the computer.  Basic word processing & internet skills
    See the full description.

Special Events

None at this time

Help with Events
Save Mount Diablo hosts several recreational, friend-raising and fund raising events per year. Save Mount Diablo 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 are looking for dedicated individuals who have time to give to save the mountain.

Diablo Trails Challenge - Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek
50K, Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K Runs, lunch and live music at Castle Rock.

Moonlight on the Mountain - Macedo / China Wall 
Save Mount Diablo’s largest fundraiser! Guests dine under the light of the moon  on Mount Diablo. The evening includes a reception, silent auction, an elegant sit down dinner, the Mountain Star Award Presentations, live auction and live music. 

Mount Diablo Challenge - start at Athenian School in Danville
1,000 cyclists ride from the Athenian School up Southgate Road to the Summit of Mount Diablo.  Expo at the Summit with food and music.    

Trail Adventure - Castle Rock Park
Half marathon, 10K and 5K Runs, Interpretive hike, lunch and live music at Castle Rock.

For more information and to sign up as a volunteer please email us.

Help in the Office

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

Lead a Hike

Save Mount Diablo leads fun and informative hikes on the Mountain, at all levels of intensity, in the Spring and Fall. This is a great way to meet new people who share an interest in Mount Diablo. Many participants share their knowledge of the diverse wildflowers, birds, trees and geological features of the Mountain. At the same time, hike leaders educate hike participants about new and potential additions to the State and Regional Parks, as well as regional planning issues. If you are an experienced hiker and would like to learn how to lead hikes, we’ll provide training. Call George Phillips at (925) 947-3535 or check the hike schedule for the next Hike Leader Workshop. 

Restore Lands with DiRT (Diablo Restoration Team)

Members of our all-volunteer Stewardship Committee care for Save Mount Diablo acquisitions, from the smallest (a few acres) to the largest (several hundred acres).  For some larger projects, we invite volunteers to come out and help. Please see our DiRT section to learn more and get your hands dirty.

Advocate for Mount Diablo
Your efforts make a major difference in obtaining funds that will be used to expand Mount Diablo and surrounding regional parks and also to ensure smart development in the Tri-Valley area. Learn how you can be proactive and influential in saving Mount Diablo on our Advocate page.

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