Presidio Trust Volunteer Docent Application 2014


Thank you for applying to be a Docent for the Presidio Trust Heritage Center at the Officer's Club.

Presidio Trust Volunteer Docent Position

Position title: Heritage Program – Volunteer Docent
Supervisor: Miriam Manda, Visitor Services Coordinator
Work location: Building 50 (Officers’ Club)
Volunteer hours per month: 8 hrs. minimum (two 3 hr shifts a month)

Position Overview
The Presidio Trust Heritage Program is looking for enthusiastic people who have a passion for the natural and cultural heritage of the Presidio and San Francisco and a desire to share this knowledge with the public. Docents will welcome visitors and answer questions about the historic Officers’ Club and Heritage Gallery located in the Main Post, and serve as ambassadors for the entire Presidio, helping to encourage the public to explore this unique national park.

Responsibilities
• Greet and welcome the public to the Officers’ Club
• Answer questions about the Presidio, the Heritage Program, the Presidio Trust, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
• Interact with the public in a professional, friendly, informative manner that represents the Presidio Trust in a positive way
• Use tablet technology to enhance visitor experience
• Orient visitors to the Presidio, Heritage Sites and help them get out into the park


Commitment Expected
• Two 3 hour shifts per month.

Required
• Good interpersonal, public speaking and communication skills
• Ability to interact with the public in a professional, friendly, informative manner that represents the Presidio Trust in a positive way
• Comfortable with web searches
• Comfortable standing and walking for duration of volunteer shift
• Access to email and a computer for communication and to access online training materials
• Willingness to wear Presidio Trust volunteer attire, including a vest and nametag

Training
Docents will be provided with a series of initial training sessions with opportunities for further learning throughout their volunteer position. Training will be provided by the Presidio Trust and various partners. The training program covers a range of subjects including Presidio history, general Presidio information, and touring techniques; through lectures, videos, background reading, field trips, shuttle tours, and other activities. Resource materials will be provided.
Benefits
• Make new friends and join a team who share similar interests
• Represent the Presidio by helping local, national and international visitors develop a better understanding and enjoyment of the park
• Improve your health by being active
• Make new friends and join a team who share similar interests
• Support your national park.
• Attend docent gatherings where volunteers will have the opportunity to socialize with other docents and learn more about the park and its vast array of resources for public use
• Be part of a growing volunteer community dedicated to stewarding the Presidio and making it a welcoming place for park visitors
• Have access to Park Academy classes for free
• Receive insider knowledge about the Presidio’s history, operations and collections

To Apply
Go to the Presidio Trust website, www.presidio.gov/docents, click on “Docents & Ambassadors” under Volunteer Activities, and fill out the online Heritage Program Docent application.

Please fill out and submit the application below. We will contact you shortly after receiving your application to follow-up with you.

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