Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park, located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, protects the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles from its original location on the San Andreas Fault, embedded in a portion of the California Pacific Coast Ranges. Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a unique landscape.

Pinnacles National Monument was established in 1908 by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and was created from the former Pinnacles National Monument by legislation passed by Congress in late 2012 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 10, 2013.

Pinnacles has a lot of interesting terrain -- boulder-covered caves, towering rock spires, massive monoliths and sheer-walled canyons. And Pinnacles National Park has some interesting creatures, too, including California Condors, bats and tarantulas! The park's unusual talus caves house at least thirteen species of bat and park lands are prime habitat for prairie falcons, golden eagles and are a release site for California condors that have been hatched in captivity.

Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life. Pinnacles National Park offers a variety of climbing routes that range from easy top ropes to the multi-pitch climbs along Machete Ridge. The majority of routes here involve steep, bolt protected face climbing.

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From the Pinnacles National Park web site...

Volunteering is a great way to support Pinnacles National Park and spend time in one of the nation's most breathtaking national parks. Volunteer opportunities include habitat restoration projects, condor monitoring, nature center assistant, artist residencies, and more.

Short-term, recurring, individual, or group volunteer opportunities are available, and all serve vital roles in protecting the unique resources of Pinnacles National Park.

If you're interested in volunteering, but don't see a position listed here that would be a good fit, feel free to drop us a line or call Pinnacles Volunteer Staff at (831)389-4486 ext 242.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Nature Center Assistant (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Conservation Education, Tour Guide/Interpretation, Visitor Information, General Assistance

California Condor Monitoring Assistants-LOCAL (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Computers, Conservation Education, Visitor Information, Fish/Wildlife, Science, Back Country/Wilderness

Ranger Corps Intern (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Trail/Campground Maintenance, Tour Guide/Interpretation, Visitor Information, Back Country/Wilderness, General Assistance

MLK Jr. Day Service Project (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Botany, Conservation Education, Historical Preservation, Trail/Campground Maintenance, Weed/Invasive Species Control

Habitat Restoration Intern (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Botany, Science, Weed/Invasive Species Control

Pinnacles Monthly DAYS OF SERVICE (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Trail/Campground Maintenance, Science, General Assistance, Weed/Invasive Species Control, Other

Trails Intern (Pinnacles National Park - CA)
Construction/Maintenance, Trail/Campground Maintenance, Science, Back Country/Wilderness

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