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Environmental Nature Center

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Museum Docent

The ENC is seeking new Museum Docents to staff the front desk, answer phones, greet visitors and provide basic information about the ENC. Currently we need someone for Saturdays or Sundays, from 8 - 12 or 12-4PM.

Weekday positions are occasionaly available, as well!

Desired Skills and Experience:

Comfortable working with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds. Willingness to share information in a way that fosters an appreciation for natural resource conservation and sustainable living. Must be friendly, courteous, and possess good communication skills. Knowledge of Orange County natural history and green building a plus!

How to make it happen:
Send Raquel an email (, and she will reply with the docent manual. Read the manual and return the last page, signed. Once Raquel receives that page, she will call you to schedule one-on-one training!

What does training include?

Training includes an overview of frequently asked questions, a description of the new building’s sustainability features, and a brief narrative of the ENC’s history and current programs. Docents will view a 1-hour presentation, tour the building and grounds, and learn the phone system.

More about the ENC Facility:

Our facility was awarded the highest level of "green" building certification - a LEED Platinum Certification - the first of its kind in Orange County. LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design." The building offers a comprehensive indoor-outdoor educational "habitat," where visitors can learn about sustainable living and building, and deepen their appreciation of California’s natural resources and wild places.

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About Environmental Nature Center


1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663, US

Mission Statement

To provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature.


The Environmental Nature Center, known simply to thousands of visiting students through the years as "The ENC", is 3.5 acres of what was once a litter-filled gully behind Newport Harbor High School. Today, it is a fascinating combination of 14 California native plant communities (ranging from a desert, to an oak woodland, to a fresh water marsh, to a redwood forest), wildlife habitats and walking trails. For over 30 years, the ENC has been shaped and caressed into a landscape for learning, a sanctuary from life's pressures and a place of preservation and instruction. Serving over 13,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is recognized as a leader in education providing opportunities for increasing our community's knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world.


We'll work with your schedule.


1601 16th StreetNewport Beach, CA 92663



  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 hours per month or more.

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