Docents – Volunteer Educators

Do you love working with people and animals?  Are you passionate about wildlife conservation? Become a Potter Park Zoo Docent and join over a hundred others with the same appreciation for wildlife and desire to make a difference.

What does a Docent do?

Zoo docents are the friendly, fun-loving and knowledgeable volunteer men and women who conduct the various educational programs at the zoo and in the community. 

Some Other Benefits

As a docent, you'll receive a discount to the Zoovenir store and a free family membership to the Potter Park Zoo after one year of service. But the main benefit is being able to participate in one of the best wildlife education programs in the country by helping people of all ages learn and understand the importance of preserving our wildlife environment.

How do I Become a Docent?

To become a docent you must be 18 years of age or older, successfully complete the docent training course, have good communication skills and the ability to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year for at least 2 years. All qualified applicants will be asked to interview with Education Department staff.

There is also a $35 initial registration fee for all candidates who are accepted into the docent training program, and a materials fee due upon completion of the course.  

Want to know more?  Join us Saturday January 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM for our Volunteer/Docent recruitment event. Meet current docents and volunteers, learn about the various opportunities available, and get all your questions answered!

Interested? Fill out an application and bring it (or mail it) to the Zoo! Applications for the 2017 class are due January 31. Docent classes will be held February-early April.

Please check out our What’s Happening for other great ways to get involved at Potter Park Zoo.