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The Virginia Zoo needs you

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jan 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-16 12:36:28-05

Norfolk, Va. – The Virginia Zoo is now recruiting candidates for the docent volunteer program.

“Part teacher, interpreter and guide, docents play a key role as the Zoo’s voice with visitors,” said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo’s executive director. “We couldn’t function without them.”

Docents at the Zoo educate roughly 500,000 visitors annually, including more than 100,000 school children. Methods of interpretation include tours, live animal presentations, exhibit hosting, staffing bio-fact and discovery stations, greeting visitors, and conducting outreach programs throughout the community.

Prospective volunteers should enjoy speaking in public, and be interested in animals, the environment and conservation.

No experience is necessary – all training is provided – just a six month commitment to the program is required.

Docents must also be 18 years or older, and have a flexible schedule. Weekday volunteers are particularly in demand.

The next docent volunteer orientation will take place in the Zoo’s Administration Building Thursday, Jan. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.

More information, including a volunteer application and docent job description, is available HERE.