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Education Docents and Interns

February 14, 2017



 Utica Zoo Education Summer Interns

Are you a college student interested in pursuing a career in environmental or outdoor 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), beginning in late May and ending in early August (Generally May 30th to August 1st). This position is unpaid and interns are expected to have their own housing and transportation. 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 a college level zoology, wildlife management, environmental science, ecology, outdoor/environmental education, or any science education program.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to

For more information or if you have any questions, contact the Utica Zoo Education Department at 315-738-0472 ext. 36
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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?
*Leads guided educational tours and assists with classes on and off zoo grounds.
*Helps during zoo special events.
*Interacts with and educates zoo visitors using bio-facts, live animals and other educational tools.
*Participates in animal enrichment activities.
*Acts as a zoo ambassador.
*Interprets ecosystems and conservation through the use of bio-facts and education animals.
Anyone looking to become a docent must be at least 18 years of age, and must complete the Docent Training Course. This course will cover very important information that all of our docents are required to know, and maintain knowledge of. Attendance at each class is required in order to officially become a Utica Zoo Docent.

2017 Docent Training Course – 2 Days (18 years or older)

(Day 1) Sunday, November 5th from 10:00am to 1:00pm and, 

(Day 2) Sunday, November 12th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

5 out of 12 slots available

Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by Friday, November 3rd. See contact information at the bottom of this page.

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.).

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.

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.

Jr. Zoo Crew: ages 12-14 – Please check back soon for 2018 dates/times
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.

Zoo Crew: ages 15-17 – Please check back soon for 2018 dates/times
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