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Rich Clemons, a volunteer and docent at Plumas Eureka State Park, explains the assay process and the various ways to mine ore in the quest for gold. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

Plumas Eureka State Park Association on the hunt for volunteers

Lauren Westmoreland

PESPA docent Carol Martinez helps young Daniel Jackson in the candle making process during Gold Discovery Days in 2019, working to dip the candlestick repeatedly into wax, layer upon layer. Photo by Ian Hoffmann

Plumas-Eureka State Park Association (PESPA) is actively seeking new volunteers to support its interpretive and educational programs at Plumas-Eureka State Park.  Volunteers are an essential element to the success of Plumas-Eureka State Park programs, and the varied interests and talents of PESPA volunteers are the spark that brings the Park’s gold rush mining history to life. 

Volunteers support Plumas-Eureka State Park in ways that match their interests and availability.

They man the museum store and serve as Park greeters, give  support with behind-the-scenes initiatives such as community outreach and research and preservation work and become knowledgeable docents leading tours of the Assay Office, Moriarity House, and historic gold rush site. Volunteers also find ways to use their talents in new and creative ways to help the park. The choice is theirs.  PESPA provides the training and support necessary for every volunteer to feel comfortable in whatever role they choose.

This year’s summer season at Plumas-Eureka State Park begins Friday, May 26. New volunteer orientation meetings are scheduled for Saturday, April 22 and Saturday July 8.

For more information or to volunteer, contact

PESPA Volunteer Coordinator Jill Phillips at [email protected]

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