Welcoming Park Visitors

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

Volunteer docents welcome visitors and help interpret the natural and cultural resources of the Presidio. Currently, there are no open docent volunteer opportunities. To receive the latest updates, sign up for our monthly volunteer newsletter >>

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.

​Welcome Docents

Welcome Docents are stationed at the front desk of the Presidio Officers’ Club to welcome visitors and help them plan a great day in the Presidio.

Trail Docents

Trail Docents walk our high-use trails and engage with park visitors along the way. Trail Docents help orient visitors, suggest hikes and bike rides, support trail etiquette, share information about park events and programs, and offer general assistance to help visitors enjoy a great day in the Presidio.

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

Interpretation Volunteers​

Interpretation Volunteers complete a series of training sessions to qualify for one or more of the following roles:

Archaeology Field Station at El Presidio Site

El Presidio is the site of the original Spanish fort on the Main Post of the Presidio, and now a live archaeological dig site. Docents greet park visitors and discuss archaeology techniques and what we’ve learned through the excavation process. See also our archaeology stewardship volunteer opportunities.

Goldsworthy Tree Fall

Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Fall is located indoors on the Presidio’s Main Post and is open regularly for docent tours. It is part of a unique collection of Goldsworthy installations throughout the Presidio that also include Spire, Wood Line and Earth Wall.

Presidio Officers’ Club and Heritage Gallery

The historic Presidio Officers' Club features interactive exhibits that encourage exploration, provide historical context, display one-of-a kind artifacts, and establish a deeper understanding of the Presidio and its vital role in San Francisco and world history. Docents highlight compelling stories from the Presidio's past and encourage visitors to make connections with their lives in the present.