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Zoo looking for docents, volunteers


January 17, 2019 | View PDF

A seven-week docent/biofact docent training course at the California Living Museum is scheduled, each Saturday, Feb. 23 through April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the zoo) If you love wildlife, nature, children and sharing information about CALM with thousands of people, then the zoo needs you. There is no cost for the course; however, docents must submit to fingerprinting and a tuberculosis test at their expense. Deadline to apply is Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Program training classes are scheduled March 23 and 24, from 2-4 p.m. at the zoo. Volunteers assist animal keepers in CALM’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and will learn how to care for more than 800 injured and orphaned animals that come to the facility each year. A $20 materials fee will be charged for the rehabilitation class. Deadline to apply is March 16 at 4 p.m.

If the ocean is of interest to you, the California Coast Room interpreter training class is scheduled for April 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the zoo. As with the docents, CCR interpreters must submit to fingerprinting and a T.B. test at their expense. Deadline to apply is April 6 at 4 p.m.

Docents, Wildlife Rehabilitation Program volunteers and CCR interpreters must be at least 18 years old. Biofact docents must be at least 15 years old.

CALM says that all the programs are rewarding experiences and vital to the success of the zoo. All attendees are required to make a yearly commitment to the program, and there is a minimum time requirement of four hours a month for all three programs.

Applications (which include additional information) may be downloaded from the CALM website,, or picked up at the zoo.

For more information, call CALM at 661-872-2256.


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