If you love nature and enjoy helping others discover its beauty, Irvine Ranch Conservancy offers the ultimate outdoor volunteer opportunities throughout the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Become an ambassador of the land and play an important role in introducing visitors to the beauty and special nature of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Trained volunteers can support and lead recreational and land stewardship programs.
There are numerous ways to support the long-term health of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks. Your participation helps keep trails open and the habitat healthy for generations to come. Opportunities to volunteer are available to suit your schedule, abilities, and interests, whether you’re looking for a few hours of giving back with your family or a more rugged adventure in a remote wilderness setting.
If you are interested, please complete an interest form on http://letsgooutside.org/volunteer/irc-volunteers/. You will receive an application and instructions on how to become a volunteer trainee after you complete the interest form online
We provide additional training classes and resources for you to fulfill a long-term commitment to the following volunteer positions within our organization:
Fire Watch Volunteer-Volunteers deploy to specific locations determined by fire spread research, historical ignition data, and participant safety requirements. Deployment occurs on Red Flag Warning days, Santa Ana Wind events, and/or in other special circumstances.
Farm Steward- Volunteers will assist staff with public participant volunteer opportunity programs as well as maintain, plant, and harvest on the Native Seed Farm. Volunteers will gain a better understanding how native plant cultivation fits into the Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s mission, and the activities of the Science and Stewardship Department. They will also be learning about the important role native plant species play in supporting a functioning ecosystem.
Land Steward- Land Stewards assist with a variety of stewardship projects including habitat maintenance, exotic species removal, native plant restoration, and monitoring projects on the land. Use of a variety of landscaping tools, data management, and reporting mechanisms is required.
Trail Boss- Trail Bosses lead or assist in management of the trail system including maintenance and grooming of extensive miles of trails, invasive species removal, native plant restoration, adopting a trail and monitoring. The work carried out by these volunteers is vital to the long-term health and sustainability of both sensitive habitats and the trail system.
Trail Guide- Trail Guides provide extra support on the wilderness trails for Docents and assist with registration and group management during an interpretive program, hike, mountain bike ride, or equestrian activity. They also assist with setup and cleanup during these activities.
The Irvine Ranch Conservancy was established in 2005. It is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization, created to help care for the 50,000 acres of permanently protected wildlands and parks on the historic Irvine Ranch. The organization works with its partners to enhance the public's appreciation, understanding and connection to the land, while helping other land owners and managers with all aspects of stewardship. We aim to achieve the best possible balance of preservation and public participation. The Irvine Ranch Conservancy partners with outstanding volunteers to conceptualize, plan and implement numerous activities for public enjoyment of the open space we manage; and to care for the land that we've been entrusted to protect.
Working with all landowners and partners who share our bold vision, we participate in land and community stewardship planning, biological monitoring, data collection, We operate with the following principles:
Conservation Science - Four fundamental goals of conservation biology drive our evaluation, decisions and actions: Ensure that the full range of species and habitats are adequately represented; Maintain viable populations of species; Sustain key ecological processes; Guarantee resilience to disturbance and long-term change.
Support: Commitment, empowerment, responsibility and accountability of individuals will be the backbone of our collective success.