Interpretive Guide Program

Interpretive guide program

Lindsay Wildlife Museum's Interpretive Guide program is a year-round program (January–December) that provides teens ages 12–16 the opportunity to learn about animals and nature, explore career opportunities, meet other teens with similar interests and take an active role in our community. We seek positive, responsible, enthusiastic teens with an interest in learning about native California wildlife and conservation and who can interact with museum visitors.

Interpretive Guides work a 2.5 hour shift each week. They are an integral part in the Museum's mission of connecting people with wildlife. Interpretive Guides help:

  • Provide educational programming to museum guests of all ages.
  • Answer questions and provide information about live animal and natural history exhibits.
  • Care for the museum's collection of domestic animals.
  • Lead children's activities in the Discovery Room.
  • Conduct tours for scout groups.
Interpretive guide program

In addition, a progressive curriculum is developed for the year, with each month highlighting concepts such as conservation or natural history. This is a unique opportunity for teens to learn valuable life skills in a professional museum setting. The application process is competitive and we have limited availability in the program. Applications are due on September 1 for the following calendar year's program.

Interpretive Guide Staff

Sarah Parnell, Interpretive Programs Manager

Sarah has been at Lindsay Wildlife Museum since June, 2006. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2003 with a degree in Integrative Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Her work experience includes a year in AmeriCorps as an environmental educator and over three years at the San Francisco Zoo providing educational presentations (ZooMobile, classes, and overnight programs).

Jarl Rasmussen, Interpretive Programs Keeper

Jarl has been involved with Lindsay Wildlife Museum since 2004. He has been a docent and an intern in our Wildlife Hospital. He began as Interpretive Programs Keeper in January, 2008. His previous experience also includes training as a First Responder for E.M.T. assistance and a veterinarian technician.

Michele Setter, Director of Animal Encounters

Michele has been with Lindsay Wildlife Museum since October, 2001. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Marine Biology and has spent her entire career in animal management and conservation education, working with a diverse collection of marine and terrestrial animals. Additional work experience includes veterinary technician, wildlife rehabilitation, animal presentations/education programs for local and national media, and research scuba diving.