Become A Volunteer: Docents Needed at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo


Turtle Back ZooEssex County Turtle Back Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the 2019 Docent Class. Docents are volunteer educators who give educational talks, act as tour guides, and are stationed throughout the Zoo to provide information to visitors about the Zoo and its animal collection. This is a highly selective volunteer position and training is required.

New docents must be at least 18 years old and complete a seven-day course instructed by experienced TBZ staff. Applications are due by Saturday, January 12th and applicants will be interviewed on Saturday, January 19th. Training will begin on Sunday, February 10th and continue on Sundays through the end of March. There is a non-refundable fee of $30 which covers training materials and handouts. The application for the class can be accessed at

Docents must commit to volunteer a designated number of hours/events on at least two selected days a month throughout the year. If interested, please contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at or call 973-731-5800, ext. 306 for more information.

Turtle Back Zoo is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 973-731-5800 or visit

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