Make a difference in your community as a volunteer at Rancho Los Cerritos, learn new skills, explore new interests, and meet new friends. There are many ways you can get involved at this National, State and Long Beach Historic Landmark – where we connect people with community, history and culture! Please call (562) 206-2040 for information about volunteering at the Rancho.
Follow-a-Tour for potential School Docents (early September) - call to schedule on a Mon, Wed, or Thur morning.
House Docent Training
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.
House Docent sharing history with visitors
Garden Docent Training
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.
have the opportunity to work closely with our horticulturist
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 Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and to teach
visitors about the rich history of the Rancho grounds.
Visitor Center Receptionist
Wednesday through Sunday: 1 -
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:
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.
Docent Training Programs
Please also check
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!
Rancho Los Cerritos
welcomes your interest!
Every year, volunteers contribute over thousands hours of
service to the Rancho Los Cerritos Historical Site. The Rancho's
educational and community programming would not be possible
the help and support of our dedicated 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.
Volunteer Information Session for Teens on Wed, June 29 @ 10am and 2pm
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!