Do you love to engage people about the natural sciences? The Academy's docents use an informal and conversational approach with guests to spark curiosity, inspire action, and foster an interest in continued scientific discovery. Docents are trained in theory and best practices of informal engagement, taught fundamental scientific principles and Academy initiatives, and receive training in Specialty Areas.
The docent program requires its volunteers to work three, 3.5-hour shifts per month during a minimum six-month commitment.
We have two upcoming docent Specialty Area classes:
"As The World Evolves": Guide folks through an African expedition as a California Academy of Sciences Docent. New volunteers are invited to our next Docent training class, “As The World Evolves,” focusing on Tusher African Hall and our very popular African Penguins. Classes start September 9th, and include two full Saturdays, and three weeknight evenings learning how to engage with our guests and why the science in Tusher African Hall matters.
- Trainings are Sept 9th, 16th, 18th, 25th, and October 2nd. Saturday classes are 8:30am-4pm, weekday classes are 5:30-9pm. You must be able to attend all five classes.
"Easy Being Green": You will be trained to educate and inspire guests in the "green areas" of the Academy. This includes our Living Roof, the Rainforest exhibit, and select areas of the Aquarium. Sound interesting? Then apply now to become part of a team that engaged over 1,000,000 guests last year!
- Trainings are October 21st, 28th, and November 1, 8, and 15. Saturday classes are 8:30am-4pm, weekday classes are 5:30-9pm. You must be able to attend all five classes.
Please complete the volunteer application and select docent under interests if you'd like to learn more!