Advanced reservations are recommended. Face coverings are not currently required but strongly recommended.

Hearst Castle and the California State Parks are enriched by the many skills and interests that our volunteers bring to the parks. Become part of history and Hearst Castle’s future—volunteer your time today.

Living History Program

Bring Hearst Castle to life during spring and fall Evening Tours by becoming a volunteer with Living History Program. In this program, you will dress in 1930s attire to help recreate the time period, then lounge by the Neptune Pool, deal a hand of poker in the Assembly Room, or hurry about as a chef in the Kitchen to help recreate Castle life as it was in W. R. Hearst’s days.

Please refer to the Living History Docent Duty Statement or call (805) 927-2087 or email [email protected]  for more information.

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer programs at Hearst Castle are part of the Volunteer in Parks Program (VIPP). Please visit the California State Parks website for more information on VIPP, plus additional volunteering opportunities with the California State Parks and San Luis Obispo Coast District.

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