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ORGANIZATION: San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust

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Ranch House
This historic home sits on our River Center property and is one of the wonders you can visit at our site.

General Description

River Center Docents volunteer in the Riverview Ranch House and River Store on weekends and during special Parkway events. Docents interact with River Center visitors and provide information about the River Parkway Trust, Parkway access opportunities, and the San Joaquin River history. Docents can also serve in the River Store gift shop conducting sales and interacting with River Center visitors. This position is perfect for outgoing and enthusiastic individuals who can commit to 2 shifts per month (5 hours total per month).

River Center Docents volunteer at the River Center, Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, (AM Shift: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, PM Shift: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm), and during select special Trust events which occur at the River Center.

New River Center Docents will participate in one 2-hour orientation and training session at the River Center.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Expectations

  • Participate in job training with a veteran volunteer, staff, or board member
  • Become familiar with the River Center Docent Manual

Develop knowledge of River Parkway Trust projects, programs, and activities

House Docent

  • Lead Ranch House tours for visitors
  • Answer questions about the history of the Ranch House and Riverview Ranch
  • Be a friendly and helpful host

Store Docent

  • Learn the Square Store System
  • Conduct transactions for merchandise
  • Answer visitor questions and help orient visitors to the River Center


  • Passion for the River Parkway Trust’s work to create and protect the 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway
  • Flexible schedules - the ability to volunteer for two 2.5 hour shifts on weekends each month
  • Enjoy meeting and conversing with new people.

House Docent

  • Interest in cultural and natural history of the San Joaquin River
  • Mobility - this position requires climbing stairs and moving throughout the Ranch House

Store Docent

  • Comfortable with using an iPad
  • Excellent customer service skills

2 Shifts

  • 10:00 AM to 12:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM to 03:00 PM
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About San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust


11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA 93730, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve and restore San Joaquin River lands having ecological,scenic or historic significance, to educate the public on the need for stewardship, to research issues affecting the river, and to promote educational, recreational and agricultural uses consistent with the protection of the river’s resources.


The San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust, Inc. (River Parkway Trust), a 501(c) 3 non-profit, public benefit corporation, was created in 1988 to establish a continuous greenway along 33 miles of river in the rapidly urbanizing Fresno-Madera region. In partnership with state and federal agencies and local governments, the River Parkway Trust has been successful in protecting land through fee title acquisition and wildlife habitat restoration. In addition, the River Parkway Trust provides outdoor education programs for school children and recreational opportunities for the community.

Our current focus is on the 22-mile reach of the river between Friant Dam and Highway 99, which consists of approximately 6,000 acres of San Joaquin River bottomlands. This particular reach of the San Joaquin River has attained statewide significance through legislative action that created a state agency to oversee the San Joaquin River Parkway. In 1992, the state of California enacted the San Joaquin River Conservancy Act, finding that,

"...the San Joaquin River, its broad corridors, and its prominent
bluffs constitute a unique and important environmental, cultural,
scientific, agricultural, educational, recreational, scenic, flood
water conveyance, and wildlife resource that should be preserved
for the enjoyment of, and appreciation by, present and future

The planning for the Parkway actually began in 1985 when citizens expressed concern about rapid growth in the Fresno-Madera region and plans for development in the San Joaquin River bottomlands. In 1988, the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust was incorporated and initiated a formal planning process that produced the San Joaquin River Parkway and Environs Conceptual Plan (1989). Based on the findings in this plan, then-Assemblyman Jim Costa (now State Senator) gained approval to form a San Joaquin River Parkway Task Force (AB-3121), a group of 25 agencies and organizations that crafted the San Joaquin River Parkway Task Force Plan (1992). This plan endured environmental review and was adopted by the San Joaquin River Conservancy as the Interim San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan (Parkway Plan) in December 1997.

Since its inception in 1988 years ago, the River Parkway Trust has evolved from its planning role to being a driving force in the Parkway Plan’s implementation. Please browse the links at left to learn more about the River Parkway Trust.


Community, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


11605 Old Friant RoadFresno, CA 93730



  • Customer Service
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • River Center Docents volunteer at the River Center, Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, (AM Shift: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, PM Shift: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm). 2 shifts per month (5 hours total per month).

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