Volunteer at the Zoo

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Docent Program.
Check back in the fall for details on applying for next season!
Docents with Giraffe Encounter Winners

Becoming a Docent at Southwick’s Zoo is a rewarding experience! Southwick’s Zoo’s Volunteer – Docent Program is for people who are 18 years of age or older.

As a Volunteer, you will have the ability to work in many different areas throughout the zoo. You may spend time teaching facts about an animal, explaining deer adaptations, guiding a zoo tour, leading a giraffe feeding, or helping people find their favorite animals at the zoo. As a Volunteer here at the Zoo, you will answer more questions than you could ever imagine. Questions range from, “How long does it take a baby giraffe to get as tall as its mother?” to “Where are the bathrooms?”

Becoming a Volunteer at Southwick’s Zoo begins with a 10 week class to learn information about the zoo and its inhabitants. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, classes start on February 22, 2014. Each volunteer will be mentored by a senior docent and is asked to give 8 hours a month to the Zoo (from April – October.) In return, as a volunteer, you can earn a family pass to the zoo, learn a lot about the animals at the zoo and become part of a great group of people.

Applications for the 2014 docent training program are no longer
being accepted.

Applications for docents and volunteers are accepted from September to January, and interviews will be conducted later in January. Classes start February 22, 2014 and will be on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Class size is limited.

You can contact Cindy or Paul Wilson at paulcwilson@comcast.net with any questions you may have concerning the Volunteer/Docent program.

To apply, you must print out and complete the Volunteer/Docent Application, then you must mail it in along with your resumé and cover letter to:

c/o Betsey Brewer
2 Southwick’s Street
Mendon, MA 01756