Pigeon Point Lighthouse Volunteer Docent
Are you interested in History? Do you like sharing stories? California State Parks is looking for volunteers at the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast - the historic Pigeon Point Lighthouse! Help us share this unique coastal landmark with visitors from around the world.
New volunteer docent training class offered September/October 2021. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Joe Rogers or Jeanée Ryan, at Volunteers.PigeonPoint@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 879-2120 for more information and to reserve your seat!
Upon successful completion of the Docent Training Course, docents will greet visitors, interpret the cultural and natural history of Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, offer free guided walks of the grounds, paid guided tours of the Lighthouse Tower, and operate the Bookstore which sells educational materials and items related to the lighthouse authorized by a permanent park staff supervisor.
About Pigeon Point Light Station SHP
210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero, CA 94060, US
To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. Its five-wick lard oil lamp, and first-order Fresnel lens, comprised of 1,008 prisms, was first lit at sunset, November 15, 1872. The lens stands 16 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter, and weighs 2,000 pounds. Now on display in the fog signal building, it sat in a lantern room constructed at the Lighthouse Service's general depot in New York before being shipped around the Horn. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using an automated LED beacon.
The coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Light Station are rich with life. Marine mammals, such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The intertidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station, contains a diverse and numerous variety of plant and animal life.
210 Pigeon Point RoadPescadero, CA 94060
August 1, 2021
- Environmental Education
- Customer Service
- People Skills
- Public Speaking
- People 55+
- Must be at least 15
- Orientation or Training
- Docents are required to work at least one 7 hour shift (9:30 AM – 4:30 PM) per month. If unable to fulfill the committed volunteer day, docents must attempt to find a substitute from the docent roster. The commitment is for a full year.
- Docents should be able to stand for several hours, inside or outdoors in any kind of weather. Minors will need parental permission to volunteer.