Education Docents and Interns

February 14, 2017


Utica Zoo Education Docents

Utica Zoo is always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our team of docents!

What is a Utica Zoo Docent?
A zoo docent is a volunteer, teacher, or guide who is dedicated to educating the public about the environment, wildlife, conservation, and the Utica Zoo.

What does a docent do?
*Assists with education classes both on and off zoo grounds
*Promotes the zoo’s mission by acting as a zoo ambassador and educating the visiting public on important conservation topics through the use of bio-facts, live animals, and other educational tools.
*Leads guided educational tours
*Helps during special events
*Participates in animal enrichment activities
*And many more…

Anyone looking to become a docent must be at least 18 years of age, and must attend both days of the Docent Training Course. We also recommend that anyone looking to become a Utica Zoo Docent have at least a two-year college degree. The Docent training course will cover very important information that all of our docents are required to know, and maintain knowledge of.

2018 Docent Training Course – 2 Days (18 years or older)

(Day 1) Thursday November 29th 4pm-7pm

(Day 2) Friday November 30th 4pm-7pm

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Nicolette Hajdasz at or 315-738-0472 Ext. 34 with any questions or to pre-register.

The fee for the course is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. This fee covers any/all materials that will be handed out during or after the course is completed, a docent t-shirt, and a name badge. The fee also covers your first year of ‘docent dues’ (docents are asked to pay an annual fee of $10 to the Docent Organization that may be used for multiple things, such as: enrichment items, docent trips, picnics, etc.).

Utica Zoo Education Summer Interns

Are you a college student interested in pursuing a career in environmental or formal education? Gain experience this summer at the Utica Zoo! Our hands on education internship offers students the opportunity to teach people of all ages about the importance of the natural world and promote positive conservation practices.

Summer education internships are full-time (32-40 hr/wk). These positions are unpaid and interns are expected to have their own housing and transportation. (Housing is also available through our local community college if needed). Proof of a negative Tuberculin test is required (Must be within 6 months of the start of the internship).

Interns are required to participate in daily education presentations and will also be assisting with zoomobile programs, zoo camps, and birthday parties. Preference is given to students with public speaking experience and/or students enrolled in environmental science, ecology, outdoor/environmental education, elementary education, or any science education program.


For more information or if you have any questions, contact the Utica Zoo Education Department at 315-738-0472 ext. 36
For Animal Care Internships, please Click Here.

Are you not yet 18, or have a child that is 12 to 17 years old?

The Zoo Crew program is the right choice for you! Zoo Crew members are valuable volunteers, who help educate the public about the zoo and its efforts. In order to become a successful Zoo Crew member, we strongly encourage the completion of the Jr. Zoo Crew Training Course (for ages 12-14). The course will be held over a period of four consecutive days. It is designed just like our regular zoo camps, but will explore the zoo, its animals, and critical conservation issues in greater detail.

Jr. Zoo Crew (ages 12-14): Check back soon for 2019 class dates
Pre-registration is required. See contact information at the bottom of this page. The fee for this course is $110 for non-members and $100 for members.

For those that are 15 to 17 years of age, we offer the Zoo Crew Training Course. The course will be held over a period of five consecutive days. It will train your child to become an effective and independent zoo ambassador, that is capable of interpreting his/her environment successfully. We strongly encourage the completion of this course prior to becoming a Utica Zoo Docent.

Zoo Crew (ages 15-17): Check back soon for 2019 class dates
Pre-registration is required. See contact information at the bottom of this page. The fee for the course is $80 for non-members and $75 for members.

The fees for each course will cover any/all materials that will be handed out during or after the course is completed, a Zoo Crew t-shirt, a name badge, plus many other fun activities that the kids will get to enjoy during the course!

For more information or to pre-register for a training course, please contact Nicolette Hajdasz at 315-738-0472 ext. 34 or email