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Docent Volunteer Orientation

Inspire guests with the amazing diversity of life and encourage everyday conservation as a volunteer educator.


This event has already happened.
Aug 06, 2016
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM


ABQ BioPark Zoo - Colores Education Bldg.
903 10th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Apply to be a BioPark Volunteer Educator

Volunteer orientation is by invitation only. If you are interested in becoming a BioPark volunteer, please complete an online application (adults).

Read about the many BioPark volunteer opportunities.

BioPark Docents

Volunteer teachers, called docents, teach about the diversity and interdependence of life and inspire a sense of stewardship for the earth.

Docents undergo a 12-week training to become volunteer teachers at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, Aquarium or Botanic Garden. They introduce visitors to the amazing diversity of life, help them see how everything is connected and encourage everyday conservation.

All BioPark docents can:

  • Share their favorite parts of the BioPark through guided tours or informal mini-tours.
  • Help visitors explore nature using exhibits and hands-on biofacts such as education animals, animal pelts, shark skin, urchin spines, tree rings or insect specimens.
  • Take the BioPark on the road by visiting local classrooms through outreach programs.
  • Get free regular admission to the BioPark facilities and the inside scoop on new exhibits.
  • Attend continuing education classes led by experts in zoology, botany, marine biology, veterinary medicine, ecology and other areas of science.

Read more on the BioPark Docent volunteer opportunity, and download a 2015 Docent Job Description for full information about training, volunteer benefits and what to expect. Trainings will be held on 12 Saturdays between August 2016-January 2017; dates coming soon.

Get started today by filling out an online volunteer application. Be sure to indicate your preference for either Aquarium, Botanic Garden or Zoo docent training. Our Education Department will review your application and notify you about openings.