Volunteer at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park!

2023 is a new year, and a new chance to become a California State Parks Volunteer with Old Town San Diego State Historic Park! Volunteer applications open on January 6, 2023. Join them as they bring 19th century San Diego history to life through adobe homes and historical museums. The historic state park gets over 3.5 million visitors annually and they cannot hope to provide the best experience without the help from dedicated volunteers!

What does volunteering at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park look like?

The Living History Volunteers dress in accurate 1800s period attire as they demonstrate the different skills and occupations necessary to thrive in this historic adobe pueblo (town). Living history volunteers are taught San Diego’s history and work hard to share their expertise in relevant and meaningful ways.

Opportunities for Living History Volunteers include:

Special Events
More to come throughout the year
If traditional period attire is not your style, you can always volunteer with our Visitor Services, Resource Management, or Park Support Programs. Volunteers in these roles serve the park in different ways and behind the scenes, to strengthen our park’s visitor experience.

You can join as a:

Park Host
Boosters of Old Town (BOOT) Store Member
Park Resource Management Member
Natural Resource Management Member
Craft Committee Member
Volunteer General Requirements:

Applicants must complete at least 3 shifts per month.
Applicants must be willing to complete at least one year of service.
Applicants must pass a livescan background check

If you are interested in learning more about each available opportunity or becoming a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Public Website (http://bttr.im/4ymuq) to learn more about the program and get started with the application process. This link takes you to the scheduling software Better Impact where you can apply. All applications will receive a response, please allow one week for processing.

Applications are then followed up with interviews from the Volunteer Coordination Team. Accepted volunteers are required to attend our Orientation, followed by program specific training.