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Volunteer docents needed at San Simeon beaches during elephant seal mating season

Posted at 4:31 PM, Oct 23, 2019

California State Parks and Friends of the Elephant Seal are looking for volunteers for a new Winter Guide program.

Every winter, elephant seals arrive on the beaches of San Simeon to mate and give birth. The spectacle has become an attraction for tourists who come for a look at the hundreds of seals that line the beaches.

Docents are needed Fridays through Sundays and holidays from mid-December to mid-March. The volunteers will help guide beachgoers around the elephant seals on the beach at San Simeon and share facts about the large marine mammals.

Friends of the Elephant Seal will provide one day of training and on-the-job mentoring.

Volunteers will be asked to commit to two shifts a month at San Simeon. Morning and afternoon shifts will be available.

To apply to become a guide, visit the Friends of the Elephant Seal website and fill out an application.

There will be two public meetings where potential volunteers can learn more information about the program:

  • Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m. - Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, 20 State Park Rd., Morro Bay
  • Nov. 16, 10 a.m. - Cavalier Plaza, 250 San Simeon Ave., San Simeon

A required one-day training session will be held on December 7.

For more information, contact Friends of the Elephant Seal at (805) 924-1628 or