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We are hiring Visitor Service Aides! 

Work with Friends! Become a Visitor Service Aide and greet park visitors at entrance kiosks. We are currently hiring for state parks and beaches throughout Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. Jobs are available now at the following park locations: 

  • San Mateo Coast North — working at Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio, Venice & Dunes
  • San Mateo Coast South — working at Año Nuevo, Pomponio & Pescadero
  • Pajaro Central — working at Seacliff & New Brighton 
  • Pajaro North — working at Wilder Ranch & Natural Bridges
  • Pajaro South — working at Manresa, Nisene Marks, Sunset & Palm
  • Mountains — working at Henry Cowell
  • Skyline — working at Castle Rock and Portola Redwoods

This seasonal position is a visitor service/kiosk staff role. Friends is a non-profit organization that works in concert with California State Parks to maintain and enhance the state parks in the Santa Cruz District. We are looking for individuals who would enjoy working with state parks staff in the operations of the campgrounds and day-use areas at our beautiful state parks.

Learn more and apply online today! 

Enjoy Wilder Ranch State Park's interpretive programs on YouTube

Local Santa Cruz history awaits discovery at Wilder Ranch State Park. If your wanderings through the farm buildings have sparked your curiosity, check out the Wilder Ranch YouTube channel to enjoy virtual guided tours and programs for all ages!

This channel presents family-oriented educational clips from Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz. Discover California's early ranching history and learn what life was like a century ago on this innovative dairy ranch. Explore the 1897 Victorian home, 1859 Gothic Revival farmhouse, 1896 water-powered machine shop, barns and other historic buildings in these short video tours.

Learn about some of the beautiful landscapes and cultural history you’ll experience when you visit Wilder Ranch State Park.

New Forest Health Initiative underway at Castle Rock State Park

A plan to reduce wildfire danger and preserve forest biodiversity at Castle Rock State Park is underway, California State Parks announced earlier this month.

The Castle Rock State Park Forest Health Initiative, funded by a CAL FIRE grant, is selectively thinning overabundant Douglas firs and brush to preserve black oaks and other hardwood tree species and reduce the risk of catastrophic fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Black oaks are a rare and essential part of the Santa Cruz Mountains ecosystem that require active management to continue thriving. This initiative will protect black oak woodlands, and many other fire-dependent plant communities as well as the animals that depend on them. This is the first step towards restoring a historically biodiverse landscape that was carefully tended by native Ohlone people prior to European colonization.
 
Work is underway now and is expected to be completed in Spring 2023. Read more about the Forest Health Initiative here.

 

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This lovely set features three pairs of stud earrings: honeycomb, a flower and an adorable tiny bee. Match them or mix them up for a pro-pollinator fashion statement. Shop online today.

ParkStore proceeds benefit local state parks and beaches.

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Update from Big Basin Redwoods State Park's Instagram account

Six months ago this month, the story of Big Basin changed forever…but it was not “the end.” The CZU Lightning Complex Fire destroyed many structures and damaged the landscape, but Nature and the people of California State Parks—staff, partners, volunteers and all of you—are resilient.

The next chapter has already begun, with shoots of green appearing throughout the park and State Parks staff diligently working on assessment, removing hazards, access, clean-up and, ultimately, recovery.

Please follow Big Basin on Instagram for more. Friends is committed to helping Big Basin recover, including by supporting the park and its staff through the Friends Fire Fund.
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