Volunteer Opportunities


The City offers a diverse array of opportunities for anyone interested in volunteering outdoors, exploring unique aspects of Mountain View’s history, or interacting with members of the public throughout Shoreline and along numerous City trails. Below is a list of opportunities that are currently available. Detailed job descriptions can be viewed at our online Opportunity Directory here.

Currently, Shoreline is actively seeking volunteers for the positions of Trail Ambassador, Gatehouse Attendant, and Rengstorff House Docent.

Trail Ambassadors
Trail Ambassadors promote proper trail etiquette, provide assistance to visitors, and educate users about the history, ecology, and regulations governing Shoreline and City Trails. They provide support to staff rangers, ensuring the safety of all users while encouraging a positive atmosphere for all. Trail volunteers may serve on a flexible schedule.

Environmental Docents
Environmental Docents provide tours of Shoreline at Mountain View and educate members of the public on the area’s unique history and diverse wildlife and ecology. Volunteers may be asked to lead occasional group tours.

Gatehouse Attendants
Gatehouse Attendants are the face of Shoreline. Working at the entrance to the wildlife and recreation area, volunteers greet, provide guidance to, and educate visitors about local history, ecology, and available facilities. Volunteers may serve in 3-hour shifts any day of the week.

School Programs Docents
Education Docents work with other volunteers to put on special events for youth and school groups upon request. Lesson plans include landfill ecology, species adaptation, local history, and Victorian life. Events typically occur in the spring and fall, but may be requested at any time.

Rengstorff House Docents
House Docents provide tours explaining the history and architecture of the historic Rengstorff House. Docents may wear period attire during their service. Help is needed on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Become a part of Mountain View history!

Garden Volunteer
The Garden Volunteers plans, plants, and helps maintain the flowerbeds and gardens around the Rengstorff House. They provide arranged flowers for the interior of the house and answer visitors’ inquiries.

 We also welcome groups of volunteers who are interested in participating in non-native plant removals and other projects to beautify Shoreline at Mountain View.

Becoming a Volunteer

To become a volunteer please fill out and submit a Volunteer Application here.

If you have questions regarding becoming a Trail Ambassador, Gatehouse Attendant, Environmental Docent, or School Programs Docent, please contact the volunteer coordinator at (650) 903-6183 or shoreline.volunteer@mountainview.gov.

For more information about the House Docent and Garden Volunteer positions, please contact Kristina Perino at (650) 903-6073 or Kristina.perino@mountainview.gov.

Volunteer Resources

Active volunteers can post their hours online, receive the latest volunteer updates and newsletters, and email their volunteer coordinator via the Volunteer Web Portal.

Sign in to the Volunteer Web Portal here. 

Volunteers are encouraged to continue learning about Shoreline and City Trails after their initial training. The following resources provide information about Shoreline’s history and ecology, current trail regulations and more. If a resource is not available here and you would like it, please let us know.