Trails & Rails on the Coast Starlight Interpretive Guide Application
The Trails & Rails Program is part of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) program. Trails and Rails guides aboard the Coast Starlight between Santa Barbara and San Jose are managed by a cooperative agreement between South Coast Railroad Museum and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Our next Trails and Rails Guides training will be held

Saturday, February 16, from 9am to 3pm in Santa Barbara,


Saturday, March 9 from 9am to 5pm in Santa Clara.

Email address *
Applicant FIRST Name *
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Applicant LAST Name *
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We have two guide cohorts. One is based at the Santa Barbara Amtrak station, the other is based at the San Jose Amtrak station. Which cohort would you be joining? *
Cell phone *
(Required. Guides frequently need to communicate with each other via cell phone)
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Other Phone (Optional)
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Mailing Address
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Emergency Contact
(Please include name, relationship and phone)
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Why do you want to become a Trails and Rails guide?
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We will provide our on-board program Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in 2019. Which days(s) of the week would you normally be able to participate? *
Are you available to guide an average of 2 trips per month during the regular season? (April–September) *
Use this space to describe any seasonal or other variations in your availability to guide.
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Please describe any skills, training, or interests that you feel might be of value to the program, or any other volunteer experience you'd like us to know about.
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How did you hear about volunteering for Trails and Rails?
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Coast Starlight guides must be in good health with sufficient body strength, mobility and dexterity to assist Amtrak crew members in an emergency, including the ability to lift approximately 35 pounds (the weight of emergency exit windows). Are you able to meet these physical requirements? *
Please explain any difficulty you may have in meeting the health requirements.
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Which of the following mandatory training days will you be able to attend? *
By submitting this application, I hereby certify that I am in good health and able to serve as a Coast Starlight guide.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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