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Volunteer Management

Volunteers are essential to our work and in many ways the heart of our organization.

They serve as extensions of our staff and serve a vital role in carrying out IRC’s mission of protecting, restoring, and enhancing Southern California’s urban wildlands. They are our most fundamental connection to the community. Without our volunteers, we would lack the essential human resources that we need to effectively steward our region’s natural resources.

IRC’s volunteer management efforts are focused on recruiting, training, and maintaining a constituency of local community members who want to be more deeply involved in our work. We provide exceptional training and opportunities for these individuals to expand their knowledge and skill in a variety of volunteer positions, cultivating their interest into passion for the work that we do.

Our volunteer management efforts have resulted in thousands of people being trained to become experts, leaders, and advocates. Empowered as members of our team, volunteers support our land management work and go on to lead interpretive, educational, and recreational activities for Irvine Ranch’s 30,000+ visitors each year, helping to create lifelong stewards of the land.

See Our Work In Action

Case Studies

IRC Volunteers gather before a hike in Agua Chinon.
Volunteer Management
IRC 2023 Annual Report: Volunteer Management and Administration
The Volunteer Management and Administration team works to involve the community in our mission.
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IRC Updates


Irvine Ranch Conservancy hosted its annual Volunteer and Partner Celebration to honor partner collaborations and recognize outstanding volunteers who all made remarkable contributions towards the protection, restoration and enhancement of Southern California's urban wildlands. #volunteerism #volunteerappreciation 🎉🙌

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Volunteer Management

Crystal Cove State Park, part of the Orange Coast District of California State parks and the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks…

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Planning and Infrastructure

Enhanced handheld radio signals improve the safety of visitors to the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks during guided activities.​For many people…

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