Join the Academy as a Docent today!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


55 Music Concourse DriveGolden Gate ParkSan Francisco, CA 94118


Share your knowledge at the California Academy of Sciences as a volunteer Docent!

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.

Our upcoming docent class Specialty Area:

"Water is Life": You will be trained to educate guests about the critical role that aquatic environments play on our planet. Training will focus on the Steinhart Aquarium including: the Philippine Coral Reef, California Coast, the Swamp, and the Flooded Forest. Sound interesting? Then apply now to become part of a team that engaged over 1,000,000 guests last year!

  • Training dates are Saturday's- 3/3, 3/10 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday's- 3/14, 3/21, & 3/28 from 5:30-9:00 pm

Please complete the volunteer application and select docent under interests if you'd like to learn more!


  • Adult Education
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Three, 3.5-hour shifts per month
  • Five mandatory trainings, background check, reference checks.

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