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 in and around the Lompoc Valley beaches.

The docents would specifically help to protect the threatened snowy plovers from disturbances during the nesting season and create awareness among beach visitors.

Duties would 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; and

  • Using interpretive materials to help communicate information.

Docents must possess strong oral communication skills with a diverse group of people, be nonconfrontational and be able to work independently, according to base officials. 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 the publicly open Surf Beach and Ocean Park, as well as at the VAFB-restricted Wall and Minuteman beaches, through Sept. 30. Any level of commitment will be appreciated, according to base officials, and docent training will be provided.

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

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