STATEN ISLAND ZOO DOCENT & JR. DOCENT CREW


The Staten Island Zoo seeks dedicated adults and teens interested in sharing their love of animals and conservation with the public. Docents assist the Education Department by interpreting the Zoo’s animal collection to the Zoo’s visitors by participating in educational programs and special events.

Docent & Jr. Docent Class Applications are Due by November 1, 2017.

DOCENT INQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:
Volunteer Coordinator
Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway
Staten Island, NY 10310
E-mail: Education@StatenIslandZoo.org
Fax: 718-442-8492

All Docents & Jr. Docents must complete the 10 week Staten Island Zoo Docent Course.
The fee for this course is $60 which includes a polo shirt, training binder, and name tag.
The classes run from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m.

The 2017 course dates are still being determined but will be on weekends between February and May.

Docent Crew:

¬DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Educate the public through animal presentations using education animals, exhibit Animals, and biofacts.
• Participate in Zoo Special Events such as Spooktacular.
• Follow Zoo policies & standards.
• Attend 7 monthly docent meetings per year.
• Volunteer a minimum of 6 hours per month.

BENEFITS OF BEING AN ACTIVE DOCENT:
• Free admission & individual membership to the Staten Island Zoological Society.
• Discounts on Zoo programs & merchandise.
• Annual recognition.
• Have access to the Zoo Quarterly newsletter.
• Ability to join AZADV.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Be at least 18 years of age.
• Have a cleared Tuberculosis test.
• Complete and pass a 10 week Docent Course.

Docent

Junior Docent Crew:

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Educate the public through animal presentations using education animals, exhibit animals, and biofacts.
• Participate in Zoo Special Events throughout the year and especially Spooktacular.
• Volunteer at least two 5 hour shifts per month during the school year and at least two 5 hour shifts per week in the summer months.
• Inspire children by dressing as the Zoo’s mascot Staten Island Chuck.

BENEFITS OF BEING AN ACTIVE JUNIOR DOCENT:
• Free admission & individual membership to the Staten Island Zoological Society.
• Discounts on Zoo programs & merchandise.
• Annual recognition.
• Have access to the Zoo Quarterly newsletter.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Be a high school student that is 14-17 years of age.
• Have a cleared Tuberculosis test.
• Follow Zoo policies & standards.
• Complete and pass a 10 week Docent Course.

Junior Docent Crew

All volunteers must be capable of working both independently and as part of a team.

Staten Island Zoo volunteers are subject to a thorough background check.

The Staten Island Zoo reserves the right to alter the volunteer program or its contents in any way without prior notice. Staten Island Zoo volunteer positions may be terminated at any time per the discretion of the Zoo and without notice. The Zoo reserves the right to dismiss any volunteer that does not comply with rules.

The Staten Island Zoo is committed to the principle of equal educational opportunities without the discrimination of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, or presence of a legally protected disability or any other legally protected status.

Unfortunately, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates on application. Not all applicants will be invited to an interview. Please wait for the Zoo to contact you regarding your potential interview and acceptance into the program.

Please read our Volunteer Guidelines