Educational Docents

Purpose:

To promote and interpret the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve to visitors and students in order to encourage exploration and preservation of coastal resources.

Skills/ Qualifications:

Successful docents will be dependable, enthusiastic, friendly, patient, and flexible. They should be interested in the environment, be able to learn detailed information, and enjoy working with people of all ages.

Duties:

Upon successful completion of the Docent Training Course, docents will interpret the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve by conducting tours for visitors, working in the Visitor Center, and assisting in and conducting interpretive activities for school groups and young visitors. Docents can lead nature walks, staff the Visitor Center desk, greet the public, answer visitor questions, provide guests with information about the Reserve, assist with youth education activities, and conduct tours of the exhibit hall.

Reports To:

Volunteer Coordinator and Education Coordinator

Time:

4 hours per month (minimum)

Training:

A formal training course is required to become a Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve docent. The course is typically held from March through April. It is a 35-hour course which includes ecology, botany, geology, ornithology, local history, international relations, and interpretive methods for both youth and adult audiences.

Benefits:

Receive comprehensive training on the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River Watershed. Become acquainted with the Reserve staff and their programs. Gain teaching skills and experience the joy of educating visitors on the value and beauty of the natural environment. Join a team of volunteers dedicated to helping the environment while enriching and enhancing the experience of all visitors to the Reserve.

To apply: Submit a Volunteer Application Form