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.
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 fifteen 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
Docent workdays are scheduled for four hours on weekdays (variable times) and six hours on weekends (10 am until 4 pm) from mid-December through the end of April. Docents are expected to volunteer a season-minimum of 36 hours. Docents may be asked to continue to volunteer into an extended season depending on wildlife activity and staffing needs according to program goals.
For the 2023–2024 season, training is scheduled for two days in November and one day 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 one day in December). Dates for the 2023–24 season are November 11 and 12, 2023, and December 2, 2023.
Returning docents must attend one day of Winter Wildlife Docent training on December 2, 2023.
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.
Individuals are encouraged to participate.
Minimum age is sixteen. Volunteers under eighteen years of age must have a signed parental consent form. Please contact us (see below) for more information.
Housing and camping/RV sites are unavailable.
Application and Contact Information
Last updated: September 17, 2023