Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Point Reyes National Seashore Association's (PRNSA) Dinner on the Pacific Plate on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Bear Valley Grove, Point Reyes National Seashore.

Dinner on the Pacific Plate is our annual fundraising event that offers supporters a chance to connect with the park through a pre-dinner naturalist-led activity, followed by cocktails and appetizers under the trees at the Bear Valley grove, and a gourmet dinner under a elegant tent overlooking the Seashore. Proceeds from the event will fund park restoration and maintenance projects, support volunteer programs, and allow us to offer environmental education programs to children and adults, including up to a 1000 scholarships for underserved youth to attend our overnight summer or school program camps.

Volunteer support is critical to make this a successful event. Please choose one or more shifts to assist us in our efforts. Please note: the entire event is held outdoors on uneven, grassy terrain in a large grove of trees. The dinner portion of the event is served under an elegant tent with 30 farm tables and 10 people per table.

For more information about volunteering contact Suzanne d'Coney at or visit

* 1. I want to be a Tent Set-Up Volunteer!
Shift: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (15 - 20 volunteers needed)

Tasks include leveling tables, setting tables, helping with décor, coordinating and distributing name tags and other duties as assigned. Reports to volunteer and event coordinators. Volunteers during this shift will receive lunch, and a special gift for your time and service will be provided. Ages 15 and older encouraged, minors need parental permission (include parent contact info in the comment field below).

  Tent Set-Up Volunteer
Volunteer Role

* 2. Cocktail Hour Shift is Full -- thank your for your interest, please sign up to help with tent set up, or for dinner service as a server, buser or back of house with the Sustainability Crew. Thank you!


* 3. N/A

* 4. I want to be a Dinner Service Volunteer!
Shift: 4:00 - 9:00 pm (50+ volunteers needed)

We need 30-35 front house volunteers to assist professional servers with a family-style dinner. We will be need help with serving large platters of food, pouring wine, filling water, bussing tables and other duties as assigned under the volunteer and event coordinators. In addition, we need 8 volunteers to assist us in the back of house to work with the Park Sustainability Crew to scrape food, organize dishes, assist with compost and recycling and other duties as assigned. Volunteers must be 21 or older, have a friendly disposition, be able to stand for long periods, lift and serve family-style platters and have some customer service knowledge. We are hiring a crew to help us clean up the main floor at the end of the night, but any volunteers who wish to stay longer and help move chairs, etc., are much appreciated. Volunteers on this crew will receive dinner prior to dinner service, a black, long sleeve event shirt, and a special gift for your time and service.

  Server Position: Serve food, pour wine/water and assist guests. (Positions Left:10) Sustainability/Backhouse: Works with the Sustainability Crew on compost, recycling and organizing all dishware. heavy lifting required. (Positions Left: 7)
Choose One Volunteer Role

* 5. Event Shirt Size (Unisex) -- Required for shift

* 6. Volunteer Information

* 7. Emergency Contact Information

* 8. Volunteer Liability Waiver and Photo Release Form (Required)

As a volunteer for Point Reyes National Seashore Association's (PRNSA) Dinner on the Pacific Plate on Saturday, September 20, I am aware:

• I will be required to help with a variety of tasks in the outdoors on uneven terrain in a large grove of trees. I may need to stand for long periods of time, or may require lifting, bending and moving heavy objects including chairs, tables, catering materials and more.

• I understand that volunteer tasks may pose certain risks and dangers in an outdoor environment. These risks include, but are not limited to, contact with allergenic plants and wildlife, stinging insects, loss or damage to personal property, injury such as scrapes, cuts, bruises and though extremely rare, more serious injuries due to events which are beyond the control of the event, or the National Park Service (NPS) or Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA).

• I understand the event staff will make every reasonable effort to minimize exposure to myself, but not all dangers, hazards and perils can be foreseen. I understand that as a volunteer, I have a personal responsibility and duty to learn and follow all safety standards, guidelines and procedures established by the event staff and will make every effort to make staff aware of my limitations or safety hazards I may encounter. I understand the health and physical condition requirements for doing the work as described in the job description and at the project location, and have detailed any pre-existing limitations, or will communicate with the volunteer coordinator any new limitations by the day of the event. Furthermore, I give my consent to medical personnel to treat me in a emergency medical situation.

• I understand and assume all dangers and risks associated with this program and waive all claims or causes of action arising from my own participation in the event and do hereby release the National Park Service (NPS), Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA), and all persons and agents from liability which I may have against these agencies, it’s successors and assigns, it’s officers, employees, volunteers, agents, and their heirs, executors, and assigns.

• I understand that all publications, films, slides, videos, artistic or similar endeavors, resulting from my volunteer services at the event, will become the property of Point Reyes National Seashore and Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and as such, will be in the public domain and not subject to copyright laws and may be used in educational settings, and/or in professional publications and/or conferences. I further understand that these materials can be used without limitation, reservation, or compensation, other than the receipt hereby given.

• I understand that I will not receive any compensation for the above service and that volunteers are NOT considered Federal employees for any purpose other than tort claims and injury compensation. I understand that volunteer service is not creditable for leave accrual or any other employee benefits. I also understand that either the government, the nonprofit or I may cancel this agreement at any time by notifying the other party.

This release shall be binding and by signing below, I acknowledge that I have thoroughly read and understand this form and that the statements I have made are all true. My signature on this document is also intended to bind my successors, heirs, representatives, administrators and assigns.