Conservation Education Docents
If you like speaking in front of people and enjoy learning about animals and their habitats, you might be interested in volunteering as an volunteer Docent within Henry Vilas Zoo's education department.
Your first step is to attend an upcoming "All Aboard" Zoo Volunteer Preview event where you'll be able to register for a training session in the area where you would like to volunteer. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the volunteer form at the bottom of this page.
Discovery Docents and Exploration Station Volunteers
Discovery Docents and Exploration Station volunteers share animal and conservation information with Zoo guests. Volunteers take either an artifact cart or hands-on kit out onto Zoo grounds, sharing information and artifacts with the public. Volunteers can do this for an hour or an afternoon any day of the week. Each season, we offer a different selection of carts and kits depending on their popularity. Currently, the Polar Bear Cart, Bird Cart, a Reptile/Amphibian Cart, and Big Cat cart are available along with a selection of experiential kits including one that helps you demonstrate what it is like to walk like a Rhino.
Must be 13 or over. Training sessions for the new season will begin in the Spring.
Animal Ambassadors are volunteers who are committed to educating school children and the general public about our natural world and the need for conservation. Animal Ambassadors are trained by our education department in animal handling and presentation of animal and conservation information within group presentations or in a "Meet & Greet" setting.
Volunteers must be 18 years old, be available one morning each week particularly during the April - June field trip season, and be willing to make a multi-year commitment.
Volunteer Inquiry Form
Please fill out the form below and it will be emailed to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Please complete all required fields.