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Adult Volunteer Programs:
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Kansas City Zoo!
The Zoo relies on over 300 active volunteers to support our staff and mission of connecting people to each other and the natural world to promote understanding, appreciation and conservation. Whether you are helping in education, special events, horticulture or with our keepers, volunteers make an impact every day. If you are looking for an incredibly rewarding long-term service opportunity, you have come to the right place!
All general volunteer recruitment for 2019 is closed. We are only accepting applications for our Docent Program. Please check back in February 2020 if you are interested in joining us next season.
Requirements for all adult volunteer programs:
- An appreciation of wildlife and commitment to conserving our natural world
- Enjoy meeting new people and providing excellent customer service to Zoo guests
- Completed Adult Volunteer application
- Attend one volunteer open house
- Meet age requirements as defined for each opportunity
- Pass a background check
- Pay the fee for training materials, shirt and background check
- Complete any on-site training and specific requirements as needed
- Agree to work one special event shift in October each year.
Due to the physical and safety aspects of all Volunteer programs, the Zoo reserves the right to suggest other volunteer opportunities that are a better fit.
Zoo Docent Program- Accepting Applications until October 7
As a Zoo Docent, your primary role will be interpreting at exhibits and facilitating tours. Docent volunteers deliver conservation messages that impact visitors and guide them to conservation action. These messages reflect a concern and respect for our natural world.
What does a Zoo Docent do?
- Teaches Zoo visitors about animals and conservation
- Leads educational tours
- Interprets wildlife, ecosystems and conservation to visitors on Zoo grounds
- May choose additional training to present animals for Wow Moments and school programs.
Becoming a Zoo Docent requires:
- Completed background check
- 3 required in-classroom training days: November 2nd– 3rd and March 7th
- Flexible shadowing period with a Docent Mentor from November- March 2020
- 60 hours of direct contact with our guests each year
- High school diploma; a college degree is preferred
- A materials and training fee of $100
- 21 years or older
- Completion of one Special Event shift per year
Interested in joining our Docent program? It’s not too late! Fill out an application or contact us directly at 816-595-1768, You may also email Sara Cooper, Volunteer Programs Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Animal Volunteer Program – Not currently seeking volunteers for this role.
Team Habitat Volunteer Program – Not currently seeking volunteers for this role.
Zooscaper Volunteer Program – Not currently seeking volunteers for this role.
Guest Ambassadors Volunteer Program – Not currently seeking volunteers for this role.