The St. Louis Zoo is accepting volunteers for its zoo docent program. Interviews will take place in November and December for the next training course, which starts in February.
Docents are specialized volunteers in the zoo’s education department dedicated to helping zoo visitors, schools and local community members connect with, understand and enjoy wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. Docents teach classes at the zoo and in the community, lead school tours, share stories and engage visitors with information about animals.
The required zoo docent basic training course takes place on eight consecutive Saturdays, Feb. 6-April 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the zoo. Training includes information about the zoo, its animals and conservation programs, and the basics of informal education.
The program offers online learning components and classroom work, tours with zoo staff, hands-on training, mentoring with experienced docents and continuing education programs.
The zoo provides this training free of charge; however, docents must be at least 18 years old, interview and be accepted into the training program, and pass a criminal background check. Docents are required to volunteer a minimum of 62 hours per year.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Kim Schaefer at (314) 646-4723, or Hannah Petri at (314) 646-4548. Visit the zoo’s website at stlzoo.org/docent.