Inspire and Educate - Become an Oakland Zoo Docent!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


9777 Golf Links RoadOakland, CA 94605


Are you fascinated by Flamingos, riveted by River Otters, or wild for Wart Hogs? Bring your frenzy for fauna to Oakland Zoo and become a Docent.

Applications are welcome on an ongoing basis for the training that begins in January each year. Interested candidates should download, complete, and submit a Docent Application by September 15, 2015.

All volunteers must attend an orientation meeting. Orientation meetings have been scheduled for October 10th , Novembr 14th , November 21st , and December 12th from 10:00am-1:00pm. It is mandatory that applicants attend one of these orientations. Training runs January 9 through April 9, 2016 (8:30am-3:00pm).

Please send your completed application to us via email to our Docent Program, via faxt at 510-729-7324, or you may mail a hardcopy to: Oakland Zoo Volunteer Program, PO Box 5238, Oakland, CA 94605. Visit our website at: for more information.


  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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