Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo
the Big Bear Alpine Zoo since 1989
Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo are seeking professionally minded
volunteers with a strong work
ethic, who are responsible,
dedicated and can commit to a
The Docent / Volunteer Program is for
people that enjoy learning about wildlife and the environment, and like working
with people that feel the same. Some of the opportunities for a docent /
volunteer would be:
· Tours – Conduct or help with
tours of the Zoo for schools, churches, camp groups, as well as visitors from
around the world.
· Zoo Roamer-
Mingle with zoo guests, educating them on the animals. A Zoo Roamer also helps
to enforce the rules of the zoo; this protects the resident animals and the
public. Educating the public that we are different; we are a rehab facility.
· Cashiers – Gift Shop & Snack
· Kitchen – Preparing food
· Maintenance –
Painting, carpentry, handy person, etc.
· Special Events – on
and off site
· Educational Programs – on
and off site
will be contacted to schedule a Pre-screening Interview prior to the Classes):
online to www.friendsofthebigbearalpinezoo.org >
to Support the Zoo > Volunteer. Under the Volunteer section you will find
the instructions for registering for the class.
an online registration application (preferred
· Or you
can print a .pdf version of the registration application and mail it in.
· Or you
can come by the office or the zoo gift shop to pick up a registration
· You MUST register for the class, as
walk-ins will NOT be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
~ Spring Thursday Classes:
April 7th, April 14th & April 21st (3
~ Spring Saturday Classes: April 30th, May
7th & May 14th (3 consecutive Saturday’s)
1) Applicants MUST be at
least 18 years of age, no one is too old to be a docent.
2) Applicants MUST complete
3) Applicants MUST maintain
a membership with the Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo.
4) Applicants MUST be
fingerprinted and background checked within 30 days of completing the classes.
5) Applicants MUST purchase
a Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo shirt, as there is a uniform requirement.
6) You will ONLY be
considered a docent / volunteer after you have been approved and all of these
steps have been completed.
7) Applicants MUST maintain
at least 40 volunteer hours annually to be considered “Active” (that is only
3.5 hours per month), more is appreciated.
8) IF you need to have
printed educational materials (as we are now going green and offering our
Docent Manual online) there will be a $20 fee.
Bear Alpine Zoo is a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center that has been
saving wildlife since 1959. The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo was formed
in 1989 as a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to support the zoo
through: 1) Educating the public regarding the treatment, protection, and
conservation of wildlife; 2) Recruiting and coordinating zoo volunteers; and 3)
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