Become A Volunteer Restoration Guide

Purpose:

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

Skills/ Qualifications:

Successful Restoration Guides will be dependable, enthusiastic, friendly, patient, and flexible.  They should be interested in the environment and restoring natural habitats; be able to learn detailed information; enjoy working outdoors; and enjoy working with people of all ages. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Duties:

Upon successful completion of the Restoration Guide Training Course, volunteers will interpret the natural history and environment of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve by assisting in volunteer stewardship events and leading interpretive activities for school groups and volunteers.  Restoration Guides can greet the public, answer visitor questions, provide guests with information about the Reserve, assist with youth education activities, and assist with stewardship event set-up, registration, roving interpretation, and breakdown.

Reports To:

Volunteer Coordinator and Education and Stewardship Staff

Time:

4 hours per month (minimum)

Training:

A formal training course is required to become a Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Restoration Guide.  The course is typically held in April and May and includes 20 hours of  training in 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