Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


51500 CA-74Palm Desert, CA 92260


Volunteer Programs:

  • Guided & Training Hikes
  • Education, Training & Outreach
  • Visitor Services
  • Stewardship/Ed Hastey Trail
  • Ambassadorship
  • Weed Warriors
  • Citizen Science
  • Events
  • Clean-up
  • Youth Education
  • Senior Education Program
Qualifications for Volunteer:
  • Genuine interest in and a desire to help the Friends fulfill it's mission
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others and the ability to set clear, appropriate boundaries
  • Willingness to follow the Friends policies and procedures
  • Ability to work supervised or unsupervised as a team or individually
  • Ability to work with youth, staff, volunteers and general public
  • Must be 18 years old to lead a hike or operate a cash register
  • May need to hike in a desert environment on uneven terrain
  • May need to lean and use a variety of hand tools and equipment
  • May need to lift heavy objects
Requirements for Becoming a Friends Volunteer:
  • Schedule and attend an orientation session with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Complete a volunteer application
  • Agree to background testing procedures and certification if applicable
Training for Volunteers:
  • Basic knowledge about the Friends, the National Mountain, BLM, and USFS
  • Use of GPS equipment, compass, map, and camera
  • Hiking safety, first aid, and CPR
  • Knowledge of local history and conservation efforts in the Coachella Valley
  • Knowledge of local wildlife and their habitat, flora, fauna and geology


  • Event Planning / Management
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 55
  • Varies

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