Assist park management in balancing wildlife protection and visitor recreation, specifically by helping to protect threatened Western Snowy Plovers from disturbance during the nesting season and creating awareness among park visitors on the beach and at trailheads.
Snowy Plover Docents must possess very good oral communication skills with a diversity of people, be able to work independently, and be non-confrontational. Docents must also be able to spend a majority of the time standing, walking, and/or hiking; tolerate wind, fog, cold, and blowing sand; and be comfortable around people and dogs . Knowledge of the park and teaching experience is helpful.
Schedule and Time Commitment
Workdays are scheduled for 7 hours from 10 am until 5 pm. Docents are expected to work at least four weekend days between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Training is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Bear Valley, in addition to on-the-job training. No prior bird knowledge is necessary.
Benefits to the Volunteer
Snowy Plover Docents gain personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting as well as training and education about the snowy plovers and related park resources. Docents enjoy the satisfaction in helping to protect threatened nesting Western Snowy Plovers in addition to communicating with and helping park visitors while representing the National Park Service.
Individuals are encouraged to participate.
Minimum age is 18.
Housing and camping/RV sites are unavailable.
Application and Contact Information
Last updated: April 15, 2019