(18 Years or Older)

The Utica Zoo is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join its team of docents!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?

A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher, interpreter, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and the Utica Zoo. They dedicate at least 40 hours of volunteer service each year!

What does a Docent do?

  • Assists with educational classes both on and off zoo grounds
  • Promotes the zoo’s mission by acting as a zoo ambassador and educating the visiting public on important conservation topics through the use of bio-facts, live animals, exhibit interpretation, and other educational tools.
  • Leads guided educational tours
  • Participates in animal enrichment activities
  • When certified, handles ambassador animals for programs and animal socialization
  • And much more…

How do I become a Docent?

Anyone looking to become a docent must be at least 18 years of age, and must apply online. We also recommend that anyone looking to become a Utica Zoo Docent have at least a two-year college degree. References will be required, and if the application is accepted all applicants must submit to a background check. Once cleared, all new docents are required to attend a Docent Training Course. The Docent training course will cover very important information that all of our docents are required to know, and maintain knowledge of.

Scheduled Training Days

November 14 & 21 and December 5, 12 & 19 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Utica Zoo!

There is a $40 volunteer onboarding fee which covers training, a docent shirt, and fees for online volgistics.