The Docent Program
The Docent and Junior Docent Programs are designed for individuals who have a strong interest in animals and conservation and who are looking for a meaningful involvement with the Zoo. Docents are volunteer educators who work closely with the Zoo's education team, here at the zoo and out in the community, to provide information and learning opportunities about the Zoo's animal collection and the conservation issues that affect all wildlife and their habitats.
The Junior Docent program is a leadership and career development program for young people 14 to 17 years of age who are interested in pursuing careers in animal husbandry, veterinary science, zoological management and education or other related field.
As an integral part of the zoo’s education team, Docents have the opportunity to:
Requirements: Docent candidates must be 18 years of age or older and are required to commit to one year of service and attend a two-day training orientation that covers a wide range of topics including the natural history of animals, education procedures, guest relations, and animal handling classes. Training sessions are scheduled in January and May and take place on two consecutive Saturdays. Continuing education classes are offered periodically for those Docents who wish to acquire special skills that will enable them to perform public animal shows, lead guided tours, or prepare animal diets.
Junior Docents are also required to attend the two-day training classes and are permitted to participate in any relevant continuing education classes. Due to the overwhelming popularity of this program, membership is currently limited to 25 young people. Applications are accepted and interviews conducted from January to March (for a summer start) and from September to December (for a winter start).
Being a Docent requires a great commitment, but there are many rewards:
You can also use the online enrollment form to apply for this programs.