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Volunteer Beach Docents Needed

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Vandenberg Air Force Base is seeking volunteer docents for the 2019 western snowy plover breeding season to assist in balancing wildlife protection and visitor recreation.

Docents specifically help to protect the threatened western snowy plover from disturbance during the nesting season and create awareness among beach visitors.

Duties include:

  • Roving the beach for the purpose of making contact with beach visitors
  • Educating visitors about the natural history, plight, and protection of the snowy plover
  • Informing visitors about beach restrictions
  • Communicating with conservation law-enforcement officers when necessary
  • Providing general information and assistance to visitors
  • Using interpretive materials to help communicate information

Docents must possess strong oral communication skills with a diversity of people, be non-confrontational, and be able to work independently. 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.

Docents are needed at Surf Beach, Ocean Park, Wall Beach and Minuteman Beach now through Sept. 30, 2019. Any level of commitment will be appreciated.

Western Snowy Plover Docent training will be provided.

Please contact Tiffany Whitsitt-Odell at 805-605-8399 or tiffany.whitsitt.ctr@us.af.mil for more information.