Adult Opportunities


Docents serve a vital role in helping the San Antonio Zoo reach its mission of providing a diverse educational experience to our many visitors each year. With provided training, they are involved in a variety of educational opportunities including touring school groups, interpreting zoo exhibits, and presenting education animals.

There are currently two docent programs: weekday and weekend. Weekday docents are required to volunteer one 3-hour shift a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday). Weekend docents can create their own schedule on either Saturdays or Sundays and are required to volunteer 6 hours a month. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Docent interviews take place November-December and training classes start on Saturdays January-February.

San Antonio Zoo Docents must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Complete application
  • Read and abide by the policies listed in the Volunteer handbook
  • Maintain a customer friendly attitude
  • Keep an accurate record of volunteer hours
  • Report on time for volunteer service
  • Provide annual proof of TB testing
  • Be available once weekly or 2 weekend days a month
  • Wear a designated uniform and nametag while volunteering on zoo property
  • Commit to either the Weekday or Weekend docent program
  • Complete two 7-week training sessions over a two year period
  • Attend continuing education training to remain current on animal presentation procedures
  • Notify Volunteer Services, in writing, of any change in volunteer status

We are accepting docent applications until December 1, 2018.