Docent (Volunteer Teacher)

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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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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.

Training Sessions:

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 2019 class.

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.

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About Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens


3755 North Highway 17-92, Lake Monroe, FL 32747, US

Mission Statement

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is dedicated to the trustworthy stewardship of our natural environment through exhibition of living animals and plants and sustaining programs in wildlife education and conservation. The Zoo shall strive to be acknowledged as a quality community resource for the benefit of people of all ages throughout Central Florida.


Situated within a natural wetland, along the shores of Lake Monroe, the Central Florida Zoo is a half day family adventure with something for everyone. With more than 350 animals, and an assortment of gardens and plantings, guests will surely get to explore, learn and be inspired to protect wildlife & wild places. Interactive animal experiences include keeper chats, Barnyard Buddies petting zoo, giraffe feedings and a rhino encounter. Cool off in the splash pad, visit our reptiles in the Zoo’s Herpetarium, learn more about native species at our Florida black bear habitat and Bear Awareness Exhibit, enjoy lunch at our on-site concessions provided by Sonny’s BBQ, and stop by the ZOOfari Gift Shop for a souvenir to remember your visit. After going wild in the Zoo, you can take to the trees, and challenge your body and mind, at Seminole Aerial Adventures. We can’t wait for you to see and do the Central Florida Zoo!


We'll work with your schedule.


3755 W Seminole BlvdI-4 Exit 104SanfordSanford, FL 32771



  • Mentoring
  • Adult Education
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Environmental Education
  • General Education
  • Environmental Science


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible - prefer four hours a week.
  • Volunteers select own schedule.

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