Docent Orientation and Training

Sat, March 6 • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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The Buffalo Zoo • 300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo NY 14214
Reach out and teach someone! Become a member of the Zoo’s very active corps of volunteer educators known as Docents. Established in 1974, the Docent Organization’s goals are to help the
Buffalo Zoo Education Department “educate, unite, and involve people in the conservation and preservation of the natural world.” With over 100 active members, the Zoo’s dedicated volunteer organization plays an essential role in Buffalo Zoo programming both on and off zoo grounds.
Docents interact with zoo visitors, assist with scheduled Education programs, and interpret various props throughout the Zoo. With additional training, Docents may participate in Animal Handling, Zoomobiles, and Tours!
Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Docents must complete a mandatory orientation and multi-week training course. All applicants will be interviewed and undergo a background check.
Commitment: We ask that docents commit to at least one year. Generally, docents work 2-3 shifts per month. Shift days and times vary.
Orientation and training for 2021 starts March 6! Training has been restructured to meet the safety guidelines set by the state of New York and is a flexible, hybrid model. Most of the training is self-paced and virtual with a few in-person components. Graduation will take place June 5, 2021.
**The Spring 2021 Docent Orientation and Training program is currently full. If you would like to inquire about the Fall 2021 Docent Orientation and Training program, please contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@buffalozoo.org or (716) 995-6132.**
If interested, please fill out the online application found here: https://buffalozoo.org/about/#volunteer
Any questions can be directed to the Volunteer Manager at volunteer@buffalozoo.org or (716) 995-6132.

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