So, what are the benefits of being an education docent or zooteen. Some volunteers say it’s a great chance to get away from it all and spend time with wild animals. Another one says he loves learning about the animals and making a lot of new friends. What is your story going to be?
The Montgomery Zoo Education Department is a wonderful volunteer opportunity. Docents and zooteens play a very important role here at our zoo. The job includes, but isn’t limited to, cleaning and feeding our education animals, doing presentations for school children, birthday parties, church and nursing home presentations and participating in the events that the zoo holds every year. We also hold a summer camp for seven weeks each year and zooteens are vital to making that event run smoothly.
Not only do our education volunteers get to work with live animals, but they are also responsible in helping teach the local community about our animals, how to help species to survive, and about conservation in general. And when I say you get to work with live animals, I’m not kidding. We have a variety of animals from a chinchilla or bat to a variety of snakes and even owls and a Golden Eagle. Docents 18 and over actually get a chance to handle birds of prey. .
Volunteering is also a great way to give back to the community. We know there are thousands of volunteer opportunities out there, but only one with the benefits of being at the Montgomery Zoo. We have spaces open for every day of the week, and are more than glad to work around your schedule! There are several ways to get started, you can download an application here or call 240-4900 and ask for the education department.