Got the gift of gab? An innate talent for teaching? If so, the Zoo's Docent Program may be the volunteer opportunity for you!

docent picEach year volunteer teachers, referred to as docents, serve as interpretive guides and present educational programs introducing thousands of children and adults to the wonders of wildlife.

Docents are trained in the art of interpretation, using interesting biofacts as well as animal observations to provoke curiosity. Docents promote learning and inspire visitors towards conserving wildlife while guiding them through the Zoo on Learning Safari Tours.  

Like working with animals?

docent picDocents also serve as animal presenters in the Zoo’s half hour animal encounters and one hour outreach programs. Docents also conduct In-Zoo-Encounters throughout the park seven days a week. During these programs docents work with the Zoo’s education animals.

Training Sessions:

If accepted as a Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens volunteer, an initial volunteer orientations is required prior to beginning volunteer service. Orientations are conducted every six months with the training course to follow.

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 class. The fall docent course focusing on animal encounter presentations and In-Zoo-Encounters is seven weeks and the spring docent class focusing on tours and biofacts is five weeks.

Docents must pass the training program with an 80% or higher to continue as a docent for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden. Successful completion of the training program and introductory period is also required before full acceptance into the docent position.


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must commit to one shift per week for at least one year
  • Shift times vary by activitity; however, the Zoo is open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. every day
  • Participate in volunteer orientation
  • Interested in educationg the public about conservation
  • Great customer service and the ability to work well with visitors
  • Successfully complete the introductory period
  • Pay a $40.00 training fee for manual(s) and uniform shirt 

Docent Training Schedule

Now accepting applications for the 2018 Fall Docent Class beginning
in September.

Orientation: August 14, 2018
Online registration required.

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  • Seven week training course - Fall
  • Five week training course - Spring 
  • Class times: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Registration is now open for the
    spring class.

Application: Click here for a Docent application.
Acceptance into the docent program is based on quality of the application and interview.

For more information call the Volunteer Office at 407.323.4450 ext. 127 or email

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