Volunteerism Opportunity at Roger Williams Park Zoo

We recently spoke with the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Roger Williams Park Zoo and they are interested in getting older adults more involved with the Zoo through volunteerism! Check out the information below if you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a Docent.

Roger Williams Park Zoo Docents engage with the Zoo’s visitors as greeters, hands-on activity facilitators, and conversationalists.  Docents are responsible for making each visitor feel welcome, and acknowledging them as part of the Zoo family and as our conservation partner.  After two seasons of service, Docents can also train to deliver animal-based information at animal exhibits.


Docent season is April-September.  The application process takes place in the fall and winter, with interviews occurring in January and training taking place weekly February through March.


  • Must be 18 or older
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interest in guest service, conservation, and education
  • Ability to be outside in all types of weather
  • Ability to comfortably move throughout the Zoo
  • Regular access to email and internet (for Zoo news and schedules)


  • Free year-round admission to the Zoo
  • 8 free passes per year for friends and family
  • Opportunities for occasional continuing education
  • A fun, friendly, and educational environment!

The Application Deadline is January 1st  and can be accessed HERE. For more information or to see a full position description, please contact the Manager of Volunteer Resources at volunteer@rwpzoo.org or visit their website at http://www.rwpzoo.org/careers/volunteer