• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife
The Winter Wildlife Docent progam is full and is no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 season.
The Winter Wildlife Docent promotes awareness and protection of northern elephant seals, gray whales, and other marine life by helping visitors view, understand, and appreciate these species; helps visitors understand the ongoing management and research issues relating to northern elephant seals in Point Reyes National Seashore; and provides general park information and assistance to visitors.
Staff public wildlife viewing and education areas at the Lighthouse Observation Deck, South Beach Overlook, Elephant Seal Overlook, Historic Lifeboat Station, and Drakes Beach
Perform interpretive roves along Drakes Beach and the Chimney Rock Trail
Set up and break down spotting scopes and interpretive and educational materials at public viewing locations; open and close the Historic Lifeboat Station
Help visitors view, understand, and appreciate northern elephant seals, gray whales, and other marine life by interpreting observed behaviors and educating visitors about the natural history of these species
Help visitors understand the ongoing management and research issues relating to northern elephant seals in Point Reyes National Seashore
Provide general park information and assistance to visitors
Use interpretive materials to help communicate information
Professionally represent the National Park Service by wearing an identifying docent vest and interact with visitors in a friendly, courteous, tactful, and helpful manner
Operate a two-way radio to communicate with fellow docents and park staff
Docents must possess very good oral communication skills with a diversity of people and be able to work independently. Docents must also be able to spend a majority of the time standing, walking, and/or hiking; be able to tolerate sun, wind, fog, and cold; and be able to carry up to 15 pounds of interpretive materials a distance of up to one-fifth mile.
Knowledge of the park and teaching experience is helpful.
Schedule and Time Commitment Workdays are scheduled for 7 hours from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Docents are expected to work at least 6 weekend or holiday days from January through March.
Docents have the option to continue to work an additional month in April (Saturdays and Sundays only) for the gray whale migration.
Training Training is scheduled for two days in November and two days in December. Docents are required to attend training as follows:
New docents must attend the full Winter Wildlife Docent training (two days in November and two days in December). For the 2019-20 season, these dates are November 16, and 17, and December 7 and 8, 2019.
Returning docents must attend the Winter Wildlife Docent training in December (two days). For the 2019-20 season, these dates are December 7 and 8, 2019.
Benefits to the Volunteer The Winter Wildlife Docent gains personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting; training and education about northern elephant seals, gray whales and related park resources; satisfaction of promoting awareness and protection of northern elephant seals and gray whales; and satisfaction and experience in communicating with and helping park visitors while representing the National Park Service.
Group Type Individuals are encouraged to participate.
Minimum Age Minimum age is 16. Volunteers under 18 must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact us (see below) for more information.
Accommodations Housing and camping/RV sites are unavailable.
Application and Contact Information Please apply by Wednesday, October 16, 2019, using the link below. For more information, contact Carlo Arreglo at 415-464-5146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.