What is a Docent, You Ask?
Docents are volunteer teachers who share their knowledge of the Zoo and the world’s flora and fauna with children and families through touring, education programs, special events, and classes.
The duties that our Docents participate in are as varied as those performing them. If you love learning, love animals, and love sharing what you know with others, join our program. Individual opportunities are discussed at the information meeting in July and throughout the training course.
Applicants must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages. This program does not work directly with animals, but engages the public to care about wildlife.
Required Hours Per Year
To ensure the highest quality teaching techniques and understanding of the material, successful Docents complete a 23-week training program that is offered at the Zoo each fall in conjunction with UCLA Extension.
All Docents must maintain a family or individual membership with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. In addition, all active Docents must attend an annual update session and pass the annual test with a minimum score of 90%. For the safety of the animals, visitors, and fellow staff and volunteers, an annual negative tuberculosis test is required of all GLAZA volunteers and must also be fingerprinted by the City of Los Angeles upon acceptance to the program.
Docent Information Meeting
Learn more about the role and responsibility of the Docent at the Los Angeles Zoo and the training involved to get there. The next information meeting for the Docent program will be in July 2015. Please check back for updates. This program is open to ages 18 and over.
Please note that space is limited for this program.
For more information, please call (323) 644-4702 or send an email to [email protected].