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Docents needed at St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo docent [Zoo photo]

St. Louis Zoo docent [Zoo photo]

Are you curious about the natural world? Would you like to share your love of nature and wildlife with guests at the Saint Louis Zoo? If your answer is yes, then the Zoo Docent program may be for you!

Interviews are available from Nov. 1 through Feb. 1 for the next training course starting on Feb. 23.

Docents are specially trained volunteers in the Zoo’s education department who help visitors, students and local community members connect with, understand and enjoy wildlife, ecosystems and conservation.

The required Zoo Docent basic training course takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on eight Saturdays, Feb. 23 through April 13 at the Zoo. Training includes information about the Zoo, its animals and conservation programs, and the basics of informal education and interpretation. 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 interview, call Kim Schaefer at (314) 646-4723, or Hannah Petri at (314) 646-4548. Visit the Zoo’s website at stlzoo.org/docent.

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