Friends of the Desert Mountains

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ORGANIZATION: Riverside County- RSVP Program

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 its 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

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About Riverside County- RSVP Program


44-199 Monroe St., Suite B, Indio, CA 92201, US

Mission Statement

Enhance the lives of individuals through volunteer service to their community.


Are you looking to Volunteer? Interested in helping your community? If yes, send us a messege and let us find the perfect opportunity for you to volunteer.

Recruit, support, recognize and place adults aged 55 years old and over in volunteer positions where their time, talent and experience can best benefit the community.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for your local community. To better assist you in volunteering, can you please fill out this brief application.


Community, Environment


Wed Feb 14, 2024 - Tue May 14, 2024


51500 CA-74Palm Desert, CA 92260



  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 55
  • Varies
  • -RSVP volunteers are being directed to follow the CDC and their local health department’s COVID-19 guidelines.

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