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Public Programs Docent

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Ocean Institute

Experience is the Teacher

Public Program Docents are the heart and soul of our visitor experience. Public program volunteers serve as docents, guides, and exhibit facilitators throughout our facility 7 days a week. These volunteers help inspire visitors about the ocean and maritime history through memorable and hands-on experiences! Volunteers must be age 14 and older.

In this volunteer position you will use the ocean as a classroom to educate people of all ages. Experience will be you teaching tool. This is accomplished in a variety of ways including but not limited to utilizing our touch tanks, discovery pools, hands on experiments, crafting, and our underwater Remote Operated Vehicle. Every day is a little bit different and exciting! Help us connect visitors with our most important resource, our oceans. If you enjoy interacting with others, this is the position for you.

There are 3 required trainings for this position. We require a 1 year commitment for our Public Programs Docents. Volunteers must also complete a minimum of 2, 4 hour shifts per month to be considered an active volunteer.

If you can make this commitment and want to be part of our volunteer team, please contact us for more information.

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About Ocean Institute


24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, DANA POINT, CA 92629, US

Mission Statement

To using the Ocean as our classroom we inspire children to learn.


To using the Ocean as our classroom we inspire children to learn.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


24200 Dana Point Harbor DriveDana Point, CA 92629



  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Public Speaking
  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two 4 hour shifts per month
  • 3 Training Classes

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