Volunteer Opportunities

Topeka Zoo's volunteer program is currently under renovations and not accepting new volunteer applications at this time. Please check back later. 

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All Topeka Zoo volunteers must be 14 years or older and will be required to complete a volunteer application, pass a TB test and background check.

Docent Opportunities

Do you love animals?  Do you enjoy talking with people?  Are you looking for a highly rewarding volunteer opportunity where you determine your own schedule?

Docents are volunteer teachers and guides who provide rewarding, hands-on experiences for the public throughout the zoo.  They are ambassadors for the zoo, a voice for endangered species, and a part of the zoo’s ongoing education and conservation efforts.  At the end of their initial training, Docents are uniquely experienced in the various parts of the zoo and become part of an effort to make a difference in the world.

Docents receive extensive training on zoo procedures, zoo departments, and zoo animals.  They play an important role in the education of our community while they provide interpretation throughout the zoo.  Some duties available to Docents are as providing interpretation of our animals at their viewing windows, using any of our many portable Docent Discovery Education Carts with various themes, acting as zoo guides, or helping with the zoos many special events, and more.  If you enjoy animals and talking with people, Topeka Zoo is looking for you!

The next Topeka Zoo Docent Training Academy will be held at Topeka Zoo March 20th – 24th, 2023, 9:00-5:00 each day. This Training Academy is filling up fast so apply soon.

If you are interested in joining the Topeka Zoo Docent Program fill out the online application below or download an application to drop by or mail in.
Please Contact Dennis Dinwiddie with any questions
E-mail  ddinwiddie@topekazoo.org
Phone 785-368-9134

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