Volunteer at SBTHP

If you care about history and value Santa Barbara's unique heritage, there is a place for you at the SBTHP. As a nonprofit organization, SBTHP relies upon the help of enthusiastic individuals who are interested in lending a hand in preserving our city's history. SBTHP is rooted in volunteerism, dating back to its founding in 1963 by a voluntary group of concerned community leaders who sought to restore and rebuild portions of Santa Barbara's Presidio. Over the years volunteers have played an enormous role in the archaeology, research, reconstruction and interpretation of El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park and Casa de la Guerra.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Early California Days

Third and fourth-grade students from around Santa Barbara County participate in these two days of living history, held in honor of the founding of the Presidio (April 21, 1782). Students enjoy numerous demonstrations and hands-on activities including ceramics, adobe brick making, spinning, gardening, and archaeology. Volunteers are needed to lead or assist with one of these living history stations. Training will be provided.

Location: El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

Founding Day Festival

Help us celebrate Santa Barbara's birthday at the birthplace of Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park, at the Founding Day Festival, a free celebration in the heart of downtown! Volunteers are needed for living history stations, event set-up and break-down, and more. 


Location: El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park

For more information or to sign-up, please contact Director of Programs, Danny Tsai, by calling (805) 961-5374 or by email.