Santa Barbara Zoo Docents are volunteer teachers who share their knowledge of the Zoo and the natural world, connecting with our guests by interpreting exhibits, running activities, using bio-facts and kits, leading tours, participating in observational research, and assisting with children’s programs and special events. Docents undergo in-depth training offered only twice a year, on topics such as interpretation, natural history, ecology, botany, conservation, and the history of the Zoo. Hundreds of people have donated their time and talent to the Docent program since 1963.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- Strong public speaking and exceptional customer service skills.
- Can volunteer for at least two hours per week.
- Submit proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) test to the Volunteer Office annually.
- Clear Department of Justice (DOJ) background check.
Please be aware that once training is finished, this program requires a minimum commitment of six months. Prospective volunteers must pass each training course with an 80% success rate or better in order to move on to the next part.