Volunteer Opportunities


You may volunteer in the 1909 lighthouse, working in our giftshop or interpreting the exhibits in the museum. You may wish to help people locate whales during our Whale Festival on the first and third weekends in March. We offer year round opportunities to lead visitors on tours of the 300-acre state park. You can interpret and discuss our tide pool exhibit at the 240 gallon salt water aquarium, or tell the story of being a lightkeeper family living in the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House. Of course, we always need help in the office with data entry and volunteer record keeping, or help with garden maintenance and keeping the park beautiful. Whatever your interest, there is an opportunity for you to volunteer at Point Cabrillo.

PCLK 2014 Slideshow GardensHere is one example of the difference volunteers have made. Click the image to see a slideshow on gardening contributions by Nancy and Roger Thornburn and others.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary


If you would like to become a modern volunteer Lightkeeper, consider Joining the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mendocino County’s Auxiliary Flotilla 87 members maintain, clean, polish, and repair the lighthouse Lantern Room and the beautiful shining 3rd order Fresnel lens.

Docent Training

Whether you are a new or existing volunteer or want to explore new opportunities at Point Cabrillo Light Station, we offer docent training classes each year prior to Whale Festival in March. See this year’s class schedule. We also offer one on one training opportunities throughout the year for people wanting to become involved in our volunteer activities. For information about volunteering at Point Cabrillo please send an email with your questions to info@pointcabrillo.org.