The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is recruiting Volunteer Docents for our summer season and beyond! If you love animals, have a passion for educating others or are looking for a way to support wildlife conservation on a local level, this program might be for you!
What is a docent?
The word docent comes from the Latin word docere, which means “to teach.” We are looking for dedicated volunteers who are interested in not only becoming experts on our organization, mission and wildlife but who also have a desire to share their knowledge with others.
Docents at AWCC will be members of a dynamic team that supports the organization’s overall mission by helping visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of the amazing animals we house, their wild counterparts and our awe-inspiring Alaska wilderness.
Volunteers will be required to attend an orientation and several training sessions in April and May (specific dates to be determined). If you are interested in becoming a docent or learning more, please send a completed application to our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our volunteer opportunities vary throughout the year due to fluctuating numbers of visitors, animal needs (i.e. baby season) and seasonal changes on campus (i.e. spring and summer flowers, winter snow). We accept applications year-round. If you are interested, please follow the requirements below:
Complete and submit a volunteer application and attend an orientation
Must be at least 16 years of age
No experience necessary
Bring your enthusiasm
Must have effective communication skills, both oral and written, be detail oriented and willing to work
Must be able to work independently as well as part of a team
Comply with policies and procedures
Other requirements based on specific volunteer tasks
Benefits of Volunteering
- Gain valuable, hands-on experience
- Receive member discount of 10% on gift store purchases while volunteering
- Free admission to AWCC for recurring volunteers
We provide volunteer opportunities within the following departments:
Wildlife Facilities/ General Maintenance
- The Wildlife Facilities department is in charge of keeping the Wildlife Center operating smoothly on the ground level. Opportunities within this department include but are not limited to planting, weeding, and maintaining summer landscaping projects, removing loose trash and hazards from property, painting and staining projects, general beautification projects, fence maintenance and more.
- Led by an excellent team of office personnel, this department does all things outreach and makes sure our visitors and employees are taken care of. Opportunities within this department include but are not limited to: assisting with mailings, organization, assisting with memberships and other clerical duties as they arise.
- The Education department provides guests and the surrounding community with information and programs centered on our Alaskan wildlife and natural spaces. Opportunities within this department include but are not limited to: assisting the department with program development, education materials and related media.
Animal Care Department
- The Animal Care department provides naturalist interpretation to our visitors, runs education programs within the community, and is in charge of caring for our animal residents. Opportunities within this department include but are not limited to: assisting with general animal husbandry, helping with education programs and guest relations.
- We are not currently offering volunteer opportunities within the Animal Care department. If you are interested in volunteering with this department in the future please fill out an application and we will contact you as opportunities become available.