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Love people as much as you love wildlife? Apply to be a volunteer Perth Zoo Docent! The Perth Zoo Docent Association (the ‘Association’) is looking for friendly, outgoing people 18 years and over, who are good communicators, physically fit and can commit at least one day a fortnight from 9am until 3pm.

A free information session will be held at Perth Zoo on 1 April 2017 to learn more about the role and duties of Docents. We’ll start in the Zoo’s comfortable theatre, then one of our experienced volunteers will walk with you around the zoo and show you exactly what being a Docent entails. Those who wish to proceed with their applications will be interviewed and successful applicants will then be required to undertake an intensive and mind-bulging training course across ten consecutive Saturdays between April and June.

What are Docents?

Docents belong to a separately incorporated organisation which is a significant and valued partner to Perth Zoo – the Perth Zoo Docent Association (Inc). ‘Docent’ is derived from the latin docere, meaning ‘to teach’.

What Docents Do?

Docents provide the ‘unexpected’ – informal talks about animals, tours on foot and by vehicle, assistance, directions and general visitor information. Docents become especially skilled in “edu-tainment” to promote the Zoo’s conservation mission. Important - Docents are people who love animals but primarily they are people who love people.

No Pay, No Perks?  

Becoming a Docent is a no pay job but it is definitely not a no perks job. You will work in the fantastic Zoo environment, have access to a varied social life with dynamic people, gain as much wildlife knowledge as you want and develop both professional and personal skills. There are regular opportunities to help out at events, at children’s activities and closely watching animals for behavioural studies. You can become as involved (or not) as suits you. We only ask for a minimum commitment of a regular one-day per fortnight.

Where Do I Sign?

The Perth Zoo Docent Association is blessed to have more people interested in joining than empty spots available. To make sure you get the fairest and best opportunities to join, the Association recruits once a year just before the intensive ten-Saturday training program.

Docent Application Form (PDF)

To express interest in the next recruitment, download the Docent Application Form, print it out and fill it in and then post it to:

PZDA – Docent Application
Perth Zoo PO Box 489
South Perth WA 6151

If you have questions that the application form cannot answer, please contact Perth Zoo’s Visitor Services Officer on 08 9474 0360 or email@perthzoo.wa.gov.au