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Volunteer for Santa Barbara County Parks!

We have volunteer host positions available where you can reside at either of our parks for variable lengths of stay in exchange for work hours. If you’re retired or if you just have a season off from other responsibilities, please look at the opportunities Santa Barbara County can offer you and your family. We can guarantee you would make lasting memories that hopefully would pass on to others and for generations to come.

The types of work volunteers perform are many and varied, the tasks require 20 hours of work per week and in return we can offer you a full hook-up site. Beyond that we can also offer you friendships and respect through camaraderie. We strive to provide the public with locations to enjoy with their families and create memories to last. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the beauty Southern California has to offer. We respect our staff whether employed or volunteer, we all have a part to play.


The following parks have host positions available:

Cachuma Lake Recreation AreaJalama Beach County Park


Volunteer Park Host Information

The Park Host Program offers enthusiastic and interested volunteers the chance to stay and enjoy Santa Barbara County’s beautiful and diverse parks while learning about park operations and visitor services. Hosts are needed year round in Santa Barbara County Parks.

As a Park Host, you will represent County Parks by greeting the public and helping set the tone for an enjoyable stay. Hosts assist park staff and perform a variety of tasks depending on the park and type of assignment. Hosts should enjoy working with the public, have the desire to accept new challenges and possess the willingness to learn about County parks.

Hosts receive a free recreational vehicle camping site with hook-ups in exchange for performing approximately 20 hours per week of park-related work. The typical Park Host assignment is 90 days. This may be extended for two additional 90 day periods at the Park manager’s discretion. Thereafter Park Hosts must leave the park for a period of not less than 90 days before they can reapply for the same park.

The tasks that our hosts perform vary from park to park, depending upon the specific need of that park.

Volunteer Camp hosts assist at overnight and day-use parks. They greet campers, answer questions and perform light maintenance particular to the park. Examples of these tasks are picking up litter, raking campsites, mowing lawns or cleaning bathrooms and/or cabins. Hosts may assist with other projects around the park based on the park’s needs and the hosts’ skills and interests.

Download Park Host Volunteer Application here