The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Each year volunteer teachers, referred to as docents, serve as interpretive guides and present educational programs introducing thousands of children and adults to the wonders of wildlife.
Docents are trained in the art of interpretation, using interesting biofacts as well as animal observations to provoke curiosity. Docents promote learning and inspire visitors towards conserving wildlife while guiding them through the Zoo on Learning Safari Tours.
Docents also serve as animal presenters in the Zoo’s half hour animal encounters and one hour outreach programs. Docents also conduct In-Zoo-Encounters throughout the park seven days a week. During these programs docents work with the Zoo’s education animals.
If accepted as a Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens volunteer, an initial volunteer orientations is required prior to beginning volunteer service. Orientations are conducted every six months with the training course to follow.
We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 class. The fall docent course focusing on animal encounter presentations and In-Zoo-Encounters is seven weeks and the spring docent class focusing on tours and biofacts is five weeks.
Docents must pass the training program with an 80% or higher to continue as a docent for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden. Successful completion of the training program and introductory period is also required before full acceptance into the docent position.