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Share your passion for nature and wildlife! Become a Zoo Docent!

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ORGANIZATION: Santa Barbara Zoo

  • 5 people are interested
Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara Zoo Docents are volunteer teachers who share their knowledge of the Zoo and the natural world connecting with our guests, interpreting exhibits, running activities, using bio-facts and kits, leading tours, participating in observational research, assisting with children's programs and special events. Docents undergo an in-depth training offered only twice a year, on topics such as interpretation, natural history, ecology, botany, conservation, and the history of the Zoo.


  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Strong public speaking and exceptional customer service skills are essential.
  • Must be available to volunteer for at least 2 hours a week.
  • Must be able to submit a negative tuberculosis (TB) test on an annual basis to the Volunteer Office.
  • Must be able to clear a Department of Justice (DOJ) Background check. (If you are 16-17 years old, then you will need to clear the DOJ when you turn eighteen.
Please be aware that once training is finished, this program requires a minimum commitment of six months.

If you are interested you MUST submit an application found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepCNZ5kap84rS2Km4Z4_kJ7x5IlKDvsVltTU4QLM23L_3TkQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more info see our website here: https://www.sbzoo.org/volunteer/docent/

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About Santa Barbara Zoo


500 NiƱos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, US

Mission Statement

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.


The Santa Barbara Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.


Children & Youth
Animals, Children & Youth, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


500 Ninos Dr.Santa Barbara, CA 93103



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Environmental Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Mentoring
  • General Education
  • Environmental Science


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 2 hrs a week for 6 months

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