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Volunteers created the ENC and continue to contribute a significant portion of the skills, effort and time required to run the Center.  Opportunities include:

Faire Volunteers

Sign up to volunteer at our Fall Faire fundraiser on October 17! Fill out the form HERE.


Grounds Volunteers

Grounds volunteers are needed to help weed, plant, maintain the trails and pick-up litter. Groups of adults that would like to schedule a volunteer day to work out on the grounds should contact our Horticulture Manager.


  • Volunteers should each bring a re-usable water bottle filled with water. Single use disposable plastic is not allowed at the ENC.
  • Closed toed shoes are required. Please clean shoes before coming to avoid the spread of weed seed and pathogens.
  • Please have everyone visiting review our Zero Waste Policy.
  • Review our “How to Dress to Volunteer” video.
  • If you will be planting, review our “How to Plant a Plant” video.
  • Do not bring any tools or gloves, to avoid the spread of weed seed and pathogens.
  • Before volunteering, please complete the volunteer application, HERE.

We also recommend:

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Long sleeves and long pants to protect skin.

Museum Docents

Volunteer Hours: Weekends 10AM – 12:30PM, 12:30PM – 3PM. Weekday docents are also needed (8AM to 12:30 and 12:30 – 5PM).

Interested in spending time helping out at the Environmental Nature Center? Museum Docents staff the front desk, greet visitors, and provide information at the ENC’s state-of-the-art learning facility. Training will cover frequently asked questions, emergency info, and ENC policies and procedures. Join our team! Commit to volunteering one day a week or just one day a month! Come one come all! How to get started? Read the Museum Docent Manual and watch the ENC Presentation.  Fill out and sign the last page for the manual, and return it to the ENC.  Once we receive it we will contact you to arrange additional training. Contact Lori for more info!


Butterfly House Docents

Matthew and I volunteer at the ENC Butterfly House. This will be our 3rd summer! We truly enjoy getting to talk “OC Butterflies” with all the visitors and hope that when they go home they will take some of the information we gave them and plant natives to attract butterflies to their gardens!”
– Marilyn Pavelin, President, Orange County Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association

Volunteer Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, May 17 – Sept. 30, 10AM – 12:30PM, 12:30PM – 3PM. 

Want to spend some time enjoying the butterflies in our Butterfly House, while teaching others about these important animals?  Butterfly House Docents help monitor the butterfly house, greet the public, provide casual interpretation, clarify rules and answer questions.  Docents commit to volunteer approximately three hours per month or more if desired, during butterfly season.  Docents must complete the Butterfly Docent training workshop, offered at the Environmental Nature Center or posses similar training or experience.  Training includes an overview of frequently asked questions, a description of the host and nectar plants in the ENC’s butterfly house, and the butterflies likely to be found in the House over the coming season.  Docents will view a 1.5 hour presentation, and tour the ENC’s butterfly house.  For more information contact Sami.


Internship Positions

Do you have something meaningful to bring to the table?  Want to add some experience to your résumé?  The ENC is seeking a few great Interns who are motivated “self starters.”  Like most non-profits, we have a lot that needs to get done, and not always enough time to do it.  Click on the links below to learn about our opportunities, but before you do that, read this great article about interning! Learn all about our internship opportunities HERE.

Please note: If you are volunteering in any capacity at the ENC as a requirement of a court, probation department, judicial officer, etc., please contact Lori Whalen at 949-645-8489 ext. 103, as there is a different procedure involved.

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