2009-01-08 / News

Zoo offers several volunteer opportunities

Roger Williams Park Zoo is looking for outgoing, friendly people who share a passion for animals, nature, conservation and education to join the zoo's volunteer programs.

Currently, the zoo is seeking a volunteer to join the docent program. Docents are volunteers who help to educate zoo visitors about animals, their habitats and the environment through informal presentations, question answering, and formal programming. The skills, enthusiasm and talents of over 200 volunteers play an important part in fulfilling the zoo's mission of providing its visitors and the community with environmental education, as well as a first-rate zoo experience that offers "learning moments" for visitors of all ages.

Duties may include answering questions and sharing information about animals and exhibits with zoo guests; providing visitors with the opportunity to touch and handle "biofacts" such as horns, skins and quills; participating in programs for schools and other groups and staffing special events and outreach efforts such as Zoomobile programs and Conservation Week.

Training begins with a 13-week course, beginning the week of Jan. 14 and running through April. Classes are held weekly on either Wednesdays or Saturdays and run from 12 to 4 p.m. Applications are now being accepted for the next training class. Interested persons, 18 years of age or older, can visit the zoo's website at www.rwpzoo. org for more information and an application, or contact Volunteer Manager Audra Dolan at volunteer@ rwpzoo.org or 785-3510, ext. 356.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is nationally recognized for its conservation efforts and award-winning education programs. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo is also an institution in which the community can take pride, not only for its value as a family and tourist attraction but for its many contributions to environmental education and conservation both locally and around the globe. Roger Williams Park Zoo is operated and maintained by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.

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