Trail Patrol Docent

Trail Patrol Docent


Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a trail patrol docent at the Reserve.

trail patrol on horsebackViews from EFRR trail

Hodges Overlook

Successfully complete the free trail patrol training; attend regularly scheduled in-service meetings; high school diploma or equivalent; valid CPR/AED and First Aid certification.

Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with docents, park rangers, Escondido Creek Conservancy staff, and a diverse public; ability to work independently; ability to operate a telephone, 2-way radio, and camera; ability to effectively utilize a personal computer and peripherals; general knowledge of local flora and fauna; ability to write clear and concise notes.

Time Requirements:
Successful completion of the free trail patrol training; volunteer for one patrol per month for a minimum of six months; regularly attend docent in-service meetings and workshops.

Other Requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age; possess a valid California Driver’s License; able to provide proof of medical insurance and proof of automobile insurance.

Physical Requirements:
Ability to tolerate periods of sitting and exposure to outdoor elements; may on an infrequent basis assist with lifting up to 20 pounds; good hearing, eyesight, and speech capabilities; good verbal and written communication skills; ability to work in all types of weather.

Environmental Conditions:
Work is primarily performed outdoors; subject to noisy conditions, odors, temperature variations, and contact with animals, insects, and vegetation.
Appropriate personal safety equipment is provided.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Familiarize public with the Reserve so they feel informed and comfortable exploring.
  • Offer general information about the Reserve, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Escondido Creek Conservancy, and the Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty.
  • Serve as an informal good will ambassador for the Reserve, Olivenhain Municipal Water District, and Escondido Creek Conservancy.
  • Stay informed about Reserve services, schedule, and activities.
  • Assist with special interpretive center and/or trail projects.
  • Regularly attend docent in-service meetings and workshops.
  • Report on observed trail and facility conditions.

To Apply:
If you are interested in volunteering as a trail patrol docent,
please complete a Volunteer Application.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, call 760-632-4212.

Reports to:
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Supervisor

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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