Volunteer/Docent Program

zoobabyday2011022Volunteer with EARTH Ltd and Southwick’s Zoo!

Are you an animal lover looking for a way to contribute to EARTH Ltd and Southwick’s Zoo? Our docent program is for dedicated individuals who want to volunteer their time to help educate zoo visitors and help them create fond zoo memories!

What do our docents do?

Our docents work in many different locations throughout the zoo educating guests and answering questions. Docents act as the “answer people” within the zoo. Docents are asked many questions ranging from “Why do giraffes have purple tongues” to “What are the tigers’ names?” to “Where is the nearest restroom?” In addition to educating and assisting visitors, docents also have the opportunity to assist with certain events. Volunteering with EARTH and Southwick’s Zoo is a rewarding experience. Docents learn much about the zoo and its inhabitants, and they are part of an amazing group of individuals!

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).

Docent Benefits

  • 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!

2017 Volunteer/Docent Program
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2016

Click here for the online application at Southwick’s Zoo’s website.
All applicants must submit the online application along with a resume and cover letter.
Note: You may also mail us your resume and cover letter. After you fill out the online application, you can mail your resume and cover letter to:
Southwick’s Zoo
Docent Program
2 Southwick St
Mendon, MA 01756

Interviews for the 2017 season will begin in fall of 2016. Docent classes for those accepted into the program will begin on February 4th and take place every Saturday until the zoo opens in April. Classes are 9:00am-1:00pm.

*Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Docents do not assist with zookeeping or animal care.

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