Davis Wetlands Docent Program


City of Davis Wetlands Docent:

Importance of this position: Assist city staff with outreaching to and educating the public about the Davis Wetlands, including plants, animals, habitats, and water pollution prevention.

Qualifications: Desire to learn about and interpret to the public the various biological resources occurring at the Wetlands, in addition to habitat management and water quality objectives. Certification in first aid and CPR is desirable.

Job Duties:

  1. Receive training and use course materials to learn about the Wetlands operation, local plants and animals, and water pollution prevention outreach.
  2. Lead at least two interpretive tours of the Wetlands.

Training provided: A six hour training course will be provided. A three hour class training session covers basic history, operation, habitats, plants and animals, and water quality objectives of the Davis Wetlands. A binder full of related educational material is provided to the docent. A three hour field exercise at the Wetlands provides tips on leading interpretive tours and identifies plants, animals and points of interest.

Tools/supplies needed: Docents will learn to use binoculars and spotting scopes. These tools, in addition to trip logs and first aide kits, will be available from the Yolo Basin Foundation to bring on the tours. A personal bird identification guide and binoculars or scope is recommended. All docents must carry a cell phone on the tours for emergency communication.

Time commitment: New docents are required to attend the 6 hour training session given once per year. Docents are encouraged to lead at least two 3 hour tours per year of participation. Total time commitment is 12 hours per year.

Duration of assignment: The docent program runs one calendar year.

Staff contact: John McNerney, jmcnerney@cityofdavis.org, (530)757-5686

Requires Update: No