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Alcatraz Gardens Docent

Are your thumbs all green with vitality? Do you enjoy sharing information about the flora of the world? Is one of your favorite tools a shovel? Then consider becoming an Alcatraz Garden Docent.

The Garden Conservancy is proud to share the historic gardens of Alcatraz with visitors from around the world. Join our team!

Garden docents present interpretive programs to visitors of all ages. Docents lead visitors through the gardens for up to an hour and/or engage the public at a designated stop at the gardens.


  • Lead tours and/or engage the public at designated gardens.
  • Effectively convey the stories of past residents and the role gardens played in their lives, as well as information on the current project and garden plants.
  • Learn the history of Alcatraz’s historic gardens and have a desire to keep learning about Alcatraz and the gardens.

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  • Must have the physical ability to lead visitors around the island, which includes taking them up and down a steep set of stairs OR be able to engage visitors at designated locations.
  • Complete the docent application and attend an interview on Alcatraz.
  • Commit to guiding garden tours twice a month year-round, including some weekends, for a minimum of one year.
  • Complete docent training. Training is given by National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy staff. Trainees will learn and practice the skills needed to lead successful tours.


  • Meet visitors from all over the world.
  • Receive invitations to special events and discounts at park stores.
  • Receive a sweatshirt that is impossible to buy.

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