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Docents needed at Surf Beach and Ocean Park


Vandenberg Air Force Base has a critical need for volunteer docents now through the end of September at Surf Beach and Ocean Park.

As a Docent, you will help ensure continued access to Surf Beach by the local community through informing beach visitors of the restrictions that are in place. Docents also help protect the Federally-listed threatened western snowy plover from disturbance during the nesting season and create awareness among beach visitors. Duties can be performed while socially distanced from others.

Duties include:

  • Welcoming visitors to the beach and informing them about beach restrictions, specifically location of closed areas
  • Roving the beach or standing at the entrance to make contact with beach visitors
  • Educating visitors about the natural history, plight, and protection of the western snowy plover
  • Communicating with conservation law-enforcement officers when necessary
  • Providing general information and assistance to visitors
  • Using interpretive materials to help communicate information


    Docents need to have strong oral communication skills with a diversity of people, be non-confrontational, able to work independently; and be comfortable around people and dogs.
    A one hour Western Snowy Plover Docent training will be provided along with t-shirt, hat, and other materials.
    To sign up for training and start volunteering, please contact the Plover Docent Coordinator at