Teen Volunteer Info Session

Wednesday, September 30 at 4 pm


Call today to reserve your space for Wednesday, September 30.  The meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m.  Please direct your RSVP to Jan Shafer at 562-206-2042 or JanS@RanchoLosCerritos.org. At our Teen Volunteer Info Session, motivated high school students will find out about the variety of opportunities for high school students who want to improve their communication skills, enhance their knowledge of local history, and be introduced to exciting career options in museum education and public history.

House Docent Training

8 Weeks - Saturdays, starting Oct. 3, 9 am to 12:30 pm


People from all over the world visit the Rancho, and our volunteer docents guide them through the old adobe house, and share stories about the people who lived there, their lives, and the historic objects they used. In the training class, new house docents will learn the history of the site and develop techniques for sharing that history with visitors. To enroll, please call 562-206-2040.

Teen Volunteer Opportunity

This Summer, 3 One-Week Sessions, July 13-31


Enthusiastic, nurturing, and reliable high school volunteers are needed to assist with "Summer Adventures" day camp. Through historically themed activities, crafts, and games, teens will help elementary-aged children learn about life in Old California.

Teen volunteers will work at least one of three week long camp sessions: July 13-17, July 20-24, or July 27-31. Camp hours are from 9am to 3:30pm daily.

To be considered, interested high school students must attend an Information Session on Tuesday, June 23. RSVP for either 10am or 2pm to 562-206-2040. They must also complete a mandatory Training Day on Tuesday, July 7th, from 9am to 3:30pm.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available. Please call for details.

Garden Docent Training

Fridays, Feb 20 - Mar 20, 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Discover the historic gardens at Rancho Los Cerritos and become a volunteer garden docent.  This is a perfect opportunity for garden lovers who want to share their joy of plants with visitors from near and far!  The serene 4.7 acres of landscaped grounds include trees from the mid-19th century, historic roses, exotic vegetation, an herb garden, an adobe horno and an old water tower. Learn about the early development of the gardens, their renovation in the 1930s by landscape architect Ralph Cornell, and new garden restoration work as you explore hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers in docent training. 


You will have the opportunity to work closely with our horticulturist

as she takes you on an enlightening, educational experience during the training sessions.  Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge to give garden tours on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, and to teach visitors about the rich history of the Rancho grounds.


Visitor Center Receptionist



Wednesday through Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.


We provide flexibility and work around your schedule.


Please download and complete a volunteer application[PDF] [MSWord] and drop it off at the Rancho's visitor center. You can also email your application to the volunteer coordinator, Jan Shafer, at: JanS@RanchoLosCerritos.org or mail-in your application to:


4600 Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807


Visitor center receptionists plays one of the most prominent roles at the Rancho, because their tasks include greeting visitors and providing them with a general orientation to the site; training will be provided on a continual basis.




Rancho Los Cerritos welcomes your interest!

Every year, volunteers contribute over thousands hours of community service to the Rancho Los Cerritos Historical Site. The Rancho's educational and community programming would not be possible without the help and support of our dedicated volunteers.

We thank you!


Volunteer Application




Docent Training Programs

Please also check our calendar section for upcoming training dates and activities. The house docent trainings are held in Winter, the garden docents trainings are held in Spring, and the school & teen docent trainings are held in Fall; call us to reserve your spot! 562-206-2040.

Teen Volunteers
We are always looking for enthusiastic and reliable teens. Teens can earn service learning credits while helping with our summer camps; assisting with behind-the-scenes museum needs; and/or joining the Rancho Los Cerritos Teen Docent Program in the Fall. Please contact the Education Office at 562-206-2040 to learn more.

Committee Volunteers
Become an active member of our Curatorial, Gift shop, Garden Crafts, or Hispanic History committees.  Come to a meeting to find out more!

Special Event Volunteers
Rancho Los Cerritos hosts many events throughout the year, which mean that volunteers are always needed. Adults and teens make the best candidates to assist with crafts, refreshments, and parking at our festivals and holiday programs. Please call 562-206-2040 for details!





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