River Center Weekend Trustees
River Center Trustees help provide public access to the San Joaquin River Parkway at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies (River Center). Trustees open and close the River Center on Saturdays, Sundays, and select Holidays. Trustees monitor the River Center grounds and report any issues to staff members. Trustees also interact with River Center visitors and provide information about the River Parkway Trust, Parkway access opportunities, and San Joaquin River history. This position is perfect for outgoing and responsible individuals who can commit to 2 shifts per month (7 hours total per month).
Weekend Trustees volunteer at the River Center on Saturdays, Sundays, and select Holidays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, (AM Shift: 8:00 am to 11:30 pm, PM Shift: 11:30 pm to 3:00 pm).
New River Center Trustees participate in an orientation that provides an overview of the River Parkway Trust and the responsibilities of this volunteer opportunity. After completing the orientation, new volunteers will shadow current Trustees on an opening and closing shift. Periodic training on new procedures, policies, and River Parkway Trust updates will be conducted as needed.
Duties, Responsibilities, and Expectations
- Open and close the River Center gates and buildings on weekends.
- Serve as a welcoming first point of contact for River Center visitors.
- Provide support for River Center Docents in the Ranch House and River Store.
- Understand and implement Trust procedures (i.e. Emergancy policies, alarm codes, etc.).
- Become familiar with the Trustee Manual.
- Develop knowledge of River Parkway Trust projects, programs, and activities.
- Help maintain River Center facilities and grounds.
- Ability to utilize internet and phone for scheduling.
- Passion for the River Parkway Trust’s work to create and protect the 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway.
- Flexible schedule - the ability to volunteer for two 3.5 hour shifts on weekends each month.
- Ability to walk up and down stairs, lock and unlock doors, and traverse uneven ground without assistance.
- 08:00 AM to 11:30 AM
- 11:30 AM to 03:00 PM
- NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
About San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust
11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA 93730, US
Our mission is to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands having ecological,scenic or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational, recreational and agricultural uses consistent with the protection of the river’s resources.
The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust, Inc. (River Parkway Trust), a 501(c) 3 non-profit, public benefit corporation, was created in 1988 to establish a continuous greenway along 33 miles of river in the rapidly urbanizing Fresno-Madera region. In partnership with state and federal agencies and local governments, the River Parkway Trust has been successful in protecting land through fee title acquisition and wildlife habitat restoration. In addition, the River Parkway Trust provides outdoor education programs for school children and recreational opportunities for the community.
Our current focus is on the 22-mile reach of the river between Friant Dam and Highway 99, which consists of approximately 6,000 acres of San Joaquin River bottomlands. This particular reach of the San Joaquin River has attained statewide significance through legislative action that created a state agency to oversee the San Joaquin River Parkway. In 1992, the state of California enacted the San Joaquin River Conservancy Act, finding that,
"...the San Joaquin River, its broad corridors, and its prominent
bluffs constitute a unique and important environmental, cultural,
scientific, agricultural, educational, recreational, scenic, flood
water conveyance, and wildlife resource that should be preserved
for the enjoyment of, and appreciation by, present and future
The planning for the Parkway actually began in 1985 when citizens expressed concern about rapid growth in the Fresno-Madera region and plans for development in the San Joaquin River bottomlands. In 1988, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust was incorporated and initiated a formal planning process that produced the San Joaquin River Parkway and Environs Conceptual Plan (1989). Based on the findings in this plan, then-Assemblyman Jim Costa (now State Senator) gained approval to form a San Joaquin River Parkway Task Force (AB-3121), a group of 25 agencies and organizations that crafted the San Joaquin River Parkway Task Force Plan (1992). This plan endured environmental review and was adopted by the San Joaquin River Conservancy as the Interim San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan (Parkway Plan) in December 1997.
Since its inception in 1988 years ago, the River Parkway Trust has evolved from its planning role to being a driving force in the Parkway Plan’s implementation. Please browse the links at left to learn more about the River Parkway Trust.
11605 Old Friant RoadFresno, CA 93730
October 14, 2021
- Community Outreach
- People Skills
- Public Speaking
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Weekend Trustees volunteer at the River Center on Saturdays, Sundays, and select Holidays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm, (AM Shift: 8:00 am to 11:30 pm, PM Shift: 11:30 pm to 3:00 pm). 2 shifts per month (7 hours total per month)