News & Advocacy

Call for Docents

March 8, 2017


“Oh! The places you’ll go!” exclaimed Dr. Seuss in his well-known children’s book…and the Conservancy wants to take you there, but we need more volunteers to lead the way.

Tour docents will guide visitors at two historic, award-winning venues in our city: the Annenberg Community Beach House and our Preservation Resource Center. Docents will be trained by knowledgeable historians and will be asked to commit to three-hour shifts twice per month.

Meet interesting locals and visitors, learn about Santa Monica’s history and architecture, and share your knowledge of the wonderful places that make our city unique.


Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica

This iconic destination was originally the home of Marion Davies: actress, philanthropist, hostess, and companion of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Learn about the history, people and evolution of the Beach House. The Santa Monica Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica, has offered docent tours at the Guest House since 2009. For more information about the Beach House, click here.

Docent orientation & schedule: Complete three Saturday training sessions on April 22, April 29 and May 6 from 3 – 5 pm at the Santa Monica Main Library. Prospective docents are encouraged to visit the Guest House and take a docent-led tour. Docents will be asked to work two shifts per month during operating hours, Friday through Monday, from 11 am – 2 pm, with expanded hours during the summer.



Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House
2520 2nd Street (near the Ocean Park branch library)

Our little Shotgun House, built circa 1899, was saved from demolition in 2002 and endured a long journey before eventually being relocated to this permanent site. The Conservancy rehabilitated and transformed it into the Preservation Resource Center, where visitors can see how early Santa Monicans lived while accessing practical, user-friendly information about historic resources in Santa Monica as well as learning about the methods and benefits of preservation. For more information about the Preservation Resource Center, click here.

Docent orientation & schedule: Complete two Saturday training sessions on May 13 and 20 from 9 am – 12 pm at the Preservation Resource Center. Docents will be asked to work two shifts per month during operating hours, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 am – 2 pm.


The application may also be downloaded and mailed to the Santa Monica Conservancy: 2520 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405  If you have any questions, please send an email to Thank you!


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