Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Utica Zoo Docent. Once you complete the form, click the Continue button at the bottom.

Individual or Group

Please indicate if you are applying for yourself or for a group of volunteers.

Contact Information


We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us.


You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.

Emergency Contact

In the event of an emergency whom should we notify?


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer. Preference descriptions can be found at


Volunteering opportunities may have requirements.
Animal Handling requires a time commitment of at least 4 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months and animal care volunteers must submit to a current Mantoux test.
Docent volunteers are trained education volunteers. Docents have a fee for onboarding and training, require annual training and are expected to serve a minimum of 40 hours of service a year to remain active. If certified for animal handling volunteers must annually submit to a current Mantoux test.
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Existing Docents

If you are an existing docent who is filling out this form for the first time, please let us know the month and date you started volunteering as an adult docent.


(Note required for Groups or volunteers under 18 years.)
Please list your current or most recent employer, if applicable.


Not required for group registration.
Please provide us with people who could provide a reference for you.

Volunteer Information Center

We provide an online "Volunteer Information Center" where volunteers may check their schedules, update their information, and receive messages. Please select the password you would like to use to access the online Volunteer Information Center.

Why do you want to volunteer at the Utica Zoo?

Please let us know below.

I Agree

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Utica Zoo volunteer, and that there may be certain qualifications I must meet, including the acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures before I may begin volunteering.
By submitting this form, I affirm that the facts set forth in it are true and complete. i understand that if I am accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by me on this application may result in immediate dismissal.

It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age, or disability.

All Board members, Paid Staff, and Volunteers over 18 years of age will be required to submit to a background check. Form will be provided.