Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

 Supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo since 1989

The 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 project.


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 Shack

·       Gardening

·       Kitchen – Preparing food

·       Maintenance – Painting, carpentry, handy person, etc.

·       Special Events – on and off site

·       Educational Programs – on and off site

·       Fundraising

Registration (Applicants will be contacted to schedule a Pre-screening Interview prior to the Classes):

Go online to > to Support the Zoo > Volunteer. Under the Volunteer section you will find the instructions for registering for the class.

·       Complete an online registration application (preferred method).

·       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 application.

·       You MUST register for the class, as walk-ins will NOT be accepted.   NO EXCEPTIONS.


Class Schedule:

~ Spring Thursday Classes: April 7th, April 14th & April 21st (3 consecutive Thursday’s)

       ~ 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 ALL classes.

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.

The Big 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) Fundraising. 

For additional information email or call 909-878-4200‚Äč