Volunteer Opportunities Open House:

DISCOVER - INSPIRE - VOLUNTEER

 

The Rancho is seeking new volunteers for a variety of its program opportunities. Find out how you can become a tour docent, help with the historic gardens, work on the historical collections, conduct research, or assist with the museum gift shop.  You will also learn about the Rancho’s educational programs and events, including our award-winning fourth grade school program Adobe Days Revisited, and our seasonal events, Christmas Candlelight Tours, Summer Concert Series and Mud Mania.      

This is a great way to make new friends, see how a museum operates “behind-the-scenes,” learn about local history and antiques, and give back to your community in a meaningful way.

 

For more information please call (562) 570-1755.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014: Volunteer Open House from 5:30-7 p.m. For more info or to RSVP, call (562) 570-1755 or email jan.shafer@longbeach.gov.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 - April 30, 2014:  House Docent training begins (for 10 consecutive Wednesdays) from 6:30 - 9 p.m.   Call (562) 570-1755 for more information or to register.

Friday, March 14 - April 11, 2014:  Garden Docent training begins (for 5 consecutive Fridays) from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Call (562) 570-1755 for more details or to register. 

VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Please RSVP to (562) 570-1755

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Rancho Los Cerritos – and volunteering at RLC is one of the highly fulfilling ways that history-lovers can actively participate in the cultural life of their community.

 At Rancho Los Cerritos, volunteers give tours of the adobe house and gardens, staff the visitor center, work in the museum shop, help with special events, perform research, conduct outreach, make crafts from the garden, and so much more. You can find out which of these extraordinary volunteer opportunities might be right for you at our semi-annual Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, February 12, from 5:30-7 p.m.                     

Those who want to become house docents should plan to sign up for our ten-week house docent training course, which begins Wednesday, February 26, 6:30-9pm.  Those who prefer to give garden tours can join our five-week garden docent training class that starts on Friday, March 14, 9am-12:30pm.   

More information about these and other volunteer opportunities will be provided at the Volunteer Information Meeting.  RSVP today for the Feb 12 meeting by calling (562) 570-1755 or by emailing jan.shafer@longbeach.gov.

VolunteerOpsOpenHouse.Feb2014.pdf

 

House Docent Training

 

Wednesday, Feb. 26 - April 30,  2014 (10-week training)

6:30 - 9 p.m.

To enroll or for more information, call (562) 570-1755

 

Rancho Los Cerritos is seeking volunteers

to share its unique and rich history!

 

This 8-week in-depth training covers California and Rancho history from Native American times through the 1940s, as well as adobe architecture, decorative arts, interpretation and public speaking techniques. Learn about the people who lived and worked at the Rancho and how they contributed to the growth of Southern California., then give tours to the public at least once a month, Wednesday through Sunday afternoons.

 

Once trained, interested volunteers may then pursue additional research and theatrical course work to become living history docents and provide tours in character and costume.

 

Minimum Requirements:  Volunteer one afternoon per month.

 

Garden Docent Training

 March 14 - April 11, 2014

 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

Discover the historic gardens at Rancho Los Cerritos and become a volunteer garden docent.  This is a perfect opportunity for garden lovers who want to share their joy of plants with visitors from near and far!  The serene 4.7 acres of landscaped grounds include trees from the mid-19th century, historic roses, exotic vegetation, an herb garden, an adobe horno and an old water tower. Learn about the early development of the gardens, their renovation in the 1930s by landscape architect Ralph Cornell, and new garden restoration work as you explore hundreds of varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers in docent training. 

 

You will have the opportunity to work closely with our horticulturist

as she takes you on an enlightening, educational experience during the training sessions.  Upon completion of the course, you will be equipped with the knowledge to give garden tours on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, and to teach visitors about the rich history of the Rancho grounds.

 

Visitor Center Receptionist

 

 

Wednesday through Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.

 

We provide flexibility and work around your schedule.

 

Please fill out a volunteer application and drop it off at the Rancho's visitor center. You can also email your application to the volunteer coordinator, Jan Shafer, at: jan.shafer@longbeach.gov or mail-in your application to:

 

4600 Virginia Road

Long Beach, CA 90807

 

Visitor center receptionists plays one of the most prominent roles at the Rancho, because their tasks include greeting visitors and providing them with a general orientation to the site; training will be provided on a continual basis.

 

 

School Docent Training

 

Wednesday, Sept. 11,  2013 (8-week training)

To enroll or for more information, call (562) 570-1324
 

Make an impact on children by becoming a school docent at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site.   Adobe Days Revisited tours for 4th grade students are offered Wednesday and Thursday mornings, October - June, 9:30 a.m. - Noon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I've learned more about California history and portraying living history programs, and I have many different people and

had some wonderful experiences.” 

- Marcia Harris, School Docent

 

Click here to view the School Docent flyer.

Rancho Los Cerritos Teen Volunteer Program

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 or

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013

 

An exciting service learning opportunity for high school students!  RLC Teen Volunteers help make Long Beach's past come alive by organizing events, supplementing house tours, and archiving history! 

At our Teen Volunteer Information Meetings, motivated high school students will find out about the variety of service learning opportunities for high school students who want to improve their communication skills, enhance their knowledge of local history, and be introduced to exciting career options in museum education and public history.

Call today to reserve your space for either Friday, September 27 or Thursday, October 10.  Both meetings are scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m.  Please direct your RSVP to Jan Shafer at 570-1324 or jan.shafer@longbeach.gov.

 

Rancho Los Cerritos welcomes your interest!

Every year, volunteers contribute over thousands hours of community service to the Rancho Los Cerritos Historical Site. The Rancho's educational and community programming would not be possible without the help and support of our dedicated volunteers.

We thank you!

 

Volunteer Application

  

 

 

Docent Training Programs

Please also check our calendar section for upcoming training dates and activities. The house docent trainings are held in Winter, the garden docents trainings are held in Spring, and the school & teen docent trainings are held in Fall; call us to reserve your spot! (562) 570-1755.

Teen Volunteers
We are always looking for enthusiastic and reliable teens. Teens can earn service learning credits while helping with our summer camps; assisting with behind-the-scenes museum needs; and/or joining the Rancho Los Cerritos Teen Docent Program in the Fall. Please contact the Education Office at (562) 570-1755 to learn more.

Committee Volunteers
Become an active member of our Curatorial, Gift shop, Garden Crafts, or Hispanic History committees.  Come to a meeting to find out more!

Special Event Volunteers
Rancho Los Cerritos hosts many events throughout the year, which mean that volunteers are always needed. Adults and teens make the best candidates to assist with crafts, refreshments, and parking at our festivals and holiday programs. Please call (562) 570-1755 for details!

 

 

 

 

 
 
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