Join our crew
If you aren't an expert biologist, that is ok! We train you for whatever habitat we are monitoring. Currently our big focus is the beach dune habitat but we will expand to other habitats as we expand and grow. We welcome those who love to be outside, to walk, and do a little data collection.
MPA & Tidepool Docent
Habitat Educator, Naturalist, and Docent
Education is a HUGE part of our mission at OCH. We want to pass our knowledge and passion on to whomever will listen to ensure that these places are preserved and restored for the future of all species human and nonhuman. We work with all ages in this program and welcome those that have experience but more importantly a passion for the environment and passing it on.
Love to hike and be outdoors? So do we at OCH! We love to offer/host outdoor adventures to the community and can use experienced hikers and naturalists who would like to lead hikes throughout Orange County.
OCH has regular and ongoing restoration projects around Orange County in partnership with OC Parks, Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, and Project Grow. We are always looking for individuals who has a passion for restoration work and any experience or background knowledge in restoration ecology is a plus but not required.
Are you in middle or high school? We have a stewardship program for you. OCH schedules at least one event per month doing different habitat conservation, restoration, and outreach programs. These programs are one day only and do not require any special training. OCH happily signs for volunteer hours with your service organizations or schools.
OCH is a small grassroots nonprofit that has to maintain its ongoing administrative duties to stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. We rely on the interest, expertise, and time of our volunteers who have a passion for organization, accounting, social media and marketing skills.
OC Habitats has room on its board to grow. If you love the outdoors, policy work, trails, preserving land, or just want to volunteer to serve a great cause, please reach out to us and let us know you are interested. We have a relatively easy process for confirmation that includes a current resume, a conversation with a few board members, and a recommendation that goes to the full board for its consideration. We have quarterly meetings in March, June, September, and December from 3:30-5:30pm, at various locations. We are dark for one week in spring, two weeks in summer, and two weeks in December. And, we have many opportunities you can participate in like monitoring, educational programming and outreach events, habitat tours and hikes, and administrative programs.
OCH offers 6-12 month internships for students and/or college graduates who are both passionate about the environment and trying to gain more experience in this field.
Please fill out our application for volunteer, intern or board candidate and we will schedule a virtual or an in-person interview. Once we have had an interview and found our goals match up, we will start your training for whichever program you want to volunteer in.