If you have a few hours a month and would like to join others working in the fresh air by the ocean (and who doesn't?) you owe it to yourself to consider joining our ranks of volunteers.
Volunteers at the lighthouse:
Trained docents staff the lighthouse during its hours of operation and provide interpretation or gentle assistance for self-guided tours. After study, docents-in-training serve several shifts with seasoned docents to make a smooth transition to active status.
A formal lighthouse docent training program begins each year in February and is run by the Central Coast Lightkeepers (CCLK) www.pointsur.org a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting lighthouses on the California Central Coast. This training program will qualify participants as docents at either Pt. Sur Lightstation or Pt. Pinos Lighthouse. Training is conducted in the evenings at the California State Parks Headquarters in Monterey.
For more information about becoming a Pt. Pinos Lighthouse docent please call the Volunteer Coordinator at (831) 648-3176. Applications to become a docent are available at Pacific Grove City Hall.
For information about volunteering in the areas of restoration, archives and website, please email
Help restore the lighthouse!
Your tax-deductible donation is applied 100% toward restoration materials.
Point Pinos is the oldest "continuously operating" lighthouse anywhere on the Pacific. Technically, it was the second lighthouse ever built (after Alcatraz) but was never demolished or decommissioned. Although Alcatraz is slightly older, its lighthouse was demolished and later rebuilt outside the prison walls.
90 Asilomar Avenue (near Lighthouse Ave.) Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
The Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, California, is maintained by an all-volunteer staff of restoration experts, docents, and historians. As with all active lighthouses and aids to navigation, the actual electric light itself is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.