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Volunteer as a Docent at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange

The following is from the office of Essex County

Credit: Jeff Stiefbold
Credit: Jeff Stiefbold

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange is recruiting volunteers for the 2017 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.

“Our Docents help every visitor have an enjoyable and memorable experience at our zoo. Whether walking through our zoo grounds or making presentations in schools or at community events, our Docents are volunteer ambassadors who share their love and knowledge about animals and their habitats, and encourage the public to have respect for the environment,” DiVincenzo said. “If you love animals, we encourage you to attend the training course and become a Turtle Back Zoo Docent,” he added.

New Docents must be at least 18 years old and complete a seven-day course instructed by experienced TBZ staff. Training will begin on Sunday, February 12th and continue on Sundays through the end of March. There is a non-refundable fee of $25 which covers training materials and handouts. The application for the class can be accessed at https://turtlebackzoo.com/docent-volunteers/.

If interested, please contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or call 973-731-5800, ext. 306 for more information.

Regular hours for Turtle Back Zoo are daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Regular admission during the day is $10 for children and senior citizens, $12 for adults and free for children under 2 years. For additional information, please call 973-731-5800 or visit www.essexcountynj.org.

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