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Volunteer / Docent Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 docent program. Thank you to all that applied.

Are you passionate about educating people about animal ecology and conservation? Do you want to help people have an exciting time at the zoo while learning all about the planet and its wildlife? Then you should apply to be a docent!

A docent is an unpaid volunteer who is enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with zoo visitors about the incredible creatures who live at Southwick’s Zoo. Docents are stationed throughout the zoo so that visitors can ask them questions. Our visitors ask docents everything from “Why do giraffes have purple tongues” to “What are the tigers’ names?” to “Where is the nearest restroom?” So if you want to learn the answers to these questions and share them with our awesome zoo visitors, then apply today! It’s an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience!

*Docents do not assist with zookeeping or animal care.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Those accepted to the volunteer/docent program must take a 10 week class to learn information about the zoo and its inhabitants. Each volunteer will be mentored by a senior docent and is asked to give 8 hours a month to the Zoo (from April – October).


  • A free Family Value Pass to bring friends and family to the zoo after completing a certain number of hours
  • Discounts on food and merchandise purchased at the zoo
  • You’ll become a part of a great group of people and partake in a unique experience at the zoo!
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  • Applicant Information

  • Availability

    Please check off all days you are available to volunteer.
  • Employment History

  • Education Experience

  • If applicable, what college or university did you attend?
  • Emergency Contact

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc.
    Please upload your resume and cover letter. PDFs preferred.
  • Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement

    By submitting this application, I agree that I am fully aware of the potential hazards to human health from handling, treating and caring for wild animals and I accept the risk of these hazards voluntarily. I will indemnify and hold harmless Southwick's Zoo or its employees for any loss or injury that may result from my voluntary handling, treating, and caring for wild animals, whether caused by negligence of the releasees or otherwise.

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