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Welcoming Park Visitors

Presidio volunteer programs are CANCELLEDuntil further notice. For regular updates on the Presidio’s coronavirus response, visit:

​The Presidio Trust offers various opportunities for volunteers to share their knowledge and love of the park with visitors. Volunteer docents, ambassadors and guides are a vital link between the public and the Presidio, helping visitors of all ages experience and enjoy this magnificent place.

Art Docents

The Presidio is home to a growing art program that helps visitors experience and understand unique aspects of the park. Volunteer docents introduce installations to the public, lead tours, and provide general assistance that helps visitors enjoy a great day in the Presidio.

Indoor and outdoor positions are available in a stationary or active setting. In particular, docents help share the Presidio’s collection of Andy Goldsworthy sculptures. Tree Fall, the artist’s most recent addition to the Presidio, is located indoors on the Presidio’s Main Post and is open regularly for docent tours. Docents also lead walking tours to Go​ldsworthy’s outdoor pieces, Spire, Wood Line and Earth Wall.

A series of initial training sessions (lectures, videos, hikes, and tours) is required. Docents are part of a welcoming community of Presidio volunteers and have access to many ongoing social and learning opportunities. The monthly volunteer commitment is approximately six hours.

Interpretation Volunteers​

Interpretation Volunteers can train for one of the two roles listed below:

Site Docents

​Site Docents help welcome visitors to the Officers’ Club, the Archaeology Field Station and the Presidio. ​Volunteers receive intensive training to engage with the public in a deep way through interpretation of the historic Presidio Officers’ Club and Heritage Gallery.​

Tour Guides

The Presidio Trust has a team of dedicated volunteers that welcome visitors to the Presidio Officers' Club, San Francisco's most historic building. The Officers' Club is a multifaceted cultural destination to welcome and inform the public about the Presidio.

The Officers' Club features heritage exhibits throughout, including a Presidio Heritage Gallery with interactive exhibits that provide context, encourage exploration, and establish a deeper understanding of the Presidio and its vital role in San Francisco and world history. The gallery highlights the compelling human stories from the Presidio's past, uses immersive media to enliven the experience, and displays one-of-a kind artifacts, while encouraging visitors to make connections with their lives in the present.

The Archaeology Field Station which is also known as El Presidio is a live dig site on located on the Main Post. Site Volunteers will talk about archaeology techniques and what our resident staff archaeologist have learned about the site, our history and the people who came before us through the excavation process.

Trail Ambassadors

Trail Ambassadors provide a welcoming and informed presence for visitors on Presidio trails and in other high use areas of the park such as the Main Post. Ambassadors help visitors find their way, suggest hikes and bike rides, support trail etiquette, share information about park events and programs, and offer general assistance that helps guests enjoy a great day in the Presidio.

Ambassadors also provide park managers with feedback on their observations and guest comments, helping to ensure an ever-improving experience for visitors.

The Presidio trail system is quite diverse, and ambassadors may serve on more “rugged” or “urban” areas depending on their interests. A series of initial training sessions (lectures, videos, hikes, and tours) is required. Ambassadors will be part of a welcoming community of Presidio volunteers and will have access to many ongoing social and learning opportunities. The monthly volunteer commitment is approximately four hours.

Welcome Ambassadors

Presidio Trust Welcome Ambasssadorsare stationed at the front desks of the Presidio Visitor Center and Presidio Officers’ Club. They welcome visitors and help them plan a great day in the Presidio.

Special Events Volunteers

The Presidio Trust hosts special events throughout the year, and we rely on volunteers to help make them happen! Volunteers greet visitors, assist with activities and crowd control, and help with setup and cleanup.

Annual events that need support include Holiday Lights and the Presidio Forest Wreath Making Workshop in December, Bike to Work Day and Memorial Day in May, the Presidio Kite Festival in June, and Film in the Fog and the Presidio Pumpkin Carving Workshop in October.