Docent Program

Volunteer at the Zoo

Do you like to talk to people about animals and conservation? Are you 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 EARTH and Southwick’s Zoo’s 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 our zoo is a rewarding experience; docents learn much about the zoo and its inhabitants, and they are part of an amazing group of individuals!

*Please be aware the docents DO NOT assist with zookeeping or animal care. Docents strictly play an educational role within the zoo.


    Docent Requirements

    • All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
    • All applicants must be vaccinated for COVID-19
    • Applicants must have weekend availability. Those accepted to the volunteer/docent program must take a 10 week class taking place on Saturdays February-April to learn information about the zoo and its inhabitants. Each new docent will be mentored by a senior docent.
    • Docents are asked to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours/month during the zoo’s normal season of April-October. Please note that new docents only volunteer on weekends.


    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!

    How to Apply

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with EARTH Limited and Southwick’s Zoo. To apply, please fill out and submit the form below. We will accept applications until December 31, 2021.

    Docent Program Application

    • Applicant Information

    • All docent program applicants MUST be at least 18.
    • Availability

      Weekend availability is required. Docents are expected to volunteer a minimum of 8 hours each month during the zoo season, April - October. Those accepted to the program must be available for docent training classes which take place each Saturday, 9:00am-1:30pm, February through April.
    • Employment History

    • Education History

    • Emergency Contact Information

    • Drop files here or
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        If you are unable to upload your resume, please mail it the following address: EARTH Limited Docent Program 2 Southwick St Mendon, MA 01756
      • Waiver of Liability and Hold Harmless Agreement

        By submitting this application, I agree that I am fully aware of the potential hazards to human health from handling, treating and caring for wild animals and I accept the risk of these hazards voluntarily. I will indemnify and hold harmless Southwick's Zoo or its employees for any loss or injury that may result from my voluntary handling, treating, and caring for wild animals, whether caused by negligence of the releasees or otherwise.