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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 accept docent applications from October 1st to November 15th. Please check back during that time to apply. 

Docent applications can be found in this link