The Padres also announced on Monday that Josh Stein, formerly coordinator of baseball research and advance scouting, has been promoted to director of baseball operations.
Gwynn, the brother of former Padres outfielder and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, said he is excited about the challenge of his new post.
"It's exciting, it gives me a chance to do what I do," Gwynn said from the lobby of the Marriott in Indianapolis, where the Winter Meetings are taking place.
"It's evaluations, learning, I think that it will be interesting. We went young last year and we're heading in the right direction. I think it's great what Kevin and Grady started."
Gwynn was referring to former general manager Kevin Towers and former vice president of scouting and player development Grady Fuson. Both were dismissed after the season.
Gwynn worked as a scout in Southern California alongside Jason McLeod, who Friday was hired away from the Boston Red Sox as the assistant general manager of scouting and player development.
Gwynn, who has been a scout the last 13 years, knows that he won't necessarily be out beating the bushes for prospects or roving Major League stadiums nearly as much. But that won't change what he's always been.
"This is more specialized, but I've always been a scout and I always will be a scout," Gwynn said.
Stein was one of the members of the baseball operations department who recommended Rule 5 shortstop Everth Cabrera a year ago. The Padres picked Cabrera when he wasn't protected on the 40-man roster by the Colorado Rockies.
Cabrera hit .255 with 25 stolen bases in his rookie season and, while he committed 23 errors, was a defensive upgrade over anything the Padres had in their system.
The Padres also announced Monday that former outfielder Dave Roberts will join the team as a special assistant in the baseball operations department.
Roberts rejoins the Padres after spending the 2009 season as an analyst for the New England Sports Network. The 37-year-old played parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 2005-06 with the Padres.
"We are excited to give significant additional responsibilities to two deserving longtime employees," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said in a statement. "Chris has been a valuable scout for the Padres for 12 seasons and will be a key evaluator and voice in all baseball decisions. Josh has been a standout employee in his advance scouting and research roles. He will ably assist us in all areas of the department.
"Dave will work with players throughout the organization on outfield defense, baserunning, and bunting. His knowledge and energy will be a big addition to the entire department. We are thrilled to bring him back to the Padres."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.