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Published on: 10/11/2018 12:00 PM

Trail Watch Patrol volunteers are a vital link between the park and the public. We rely on these volunteers to patrol our parks and relay important information back to park staff. Trail Watchers demonstrate proper trail use and interact with park visitors to provide information and answer questions. They help identify hazards, violations, wildlife sightings and visitor behavior, and report these to Park Rangers. Volunteers will be trained in first aid/CPR to administer basic first aid and activate emergency response as needed.
There are several patrol methods: on foot, on bike, on horseback and on motorcycle. Equestrians and motorcycle riders must pass an additional skills test.

Before volunteers can be placed, they must also attend two trainings:

Trail Watch Academy

  • Four-hour training
  • Held quarterly (online version coming soon)
  • Includes orientation to County Parks and the Trail Watch Program, policies and procedures, patrol techniques, radio use and practice
First Aid/CPR Certification
Maintaining a current first aid/CPR certification is important for being an active Trail Watch volunteer. The training is provided at no cost to volunteers and instruction is given by the American Red Cross. Note: Volunteers who are already certified just need to provide a copy of their certification card(s) and this training will be waived.

  • 6.5 hour training
  • Held twice a year
  • Includes adult and pediatric first aid, CPR and AED

Other Requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be willing to commit to patrolling a minimum of four hours per month



For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program at 408-918-4930 or

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