Volunteers / Docents

Docent with Snake

Zoo Docents are the volunteer staff who help guide Zoo visitors around the park, educate them about animals with live animals showings, bio-facts, and touch tables, and help to interpret the many happenings around the Zoo to help visitors get the most out of their day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Docents are women and men who volunteer a minimum of 60 hours per year and must be a minimum of 18 years of age

Some of the activities docents take part in:

  • Conduct tours in the Zoo and Aquarium
  • Provide information to visitors at animal exhibits
  • Do observational research
  • Assist at Zoo special events
  • Visit community groups with small animals


Classes for new docents (volunteers) will be held only in the spring of 2015. The dates for the orientations are Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, 2015.  To register to attend an orientation, or for more information, call 412-365-2524 or email volunteer@pittsburghzoo.org.