Teen Docent


Teen docents typically volunteer one full day a week during summer break. They serve as docents and do some cleaning but do not have direct contact with the birds. Docents educate guests, monitor birds in the exhibits, and usher shows. Volunteers support our educators by serving as outreach assistants. We ask for a minimum commitment of 50 hours for the 2020 summer season which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Aviary is open every day from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 This position is for the summer season only.

Days needed:                   ALL

Number of hours required: 6-7 hours per day

Specific time/ shift  required: Start time between 9:30 - 10:00 am, end time 4:30 - 5:00 pm. 

Volunteer responsibilities: Support staff in carrying out the National Aviary’s daily activities. Schedule may vary on any given day. 

  • Serve as a Teen Docent in the Tropical Forest, Wetlands, Grasslands, Main Hallway and Condor Court 
  • Operate virtual reality device (ages 15+)
  • Record penguin feedings
  • Usher Interactive feedings and live bird shows
  • Assist Educators on outreach education programs
  • Wash animal dishes
  • Greet guests as they enter building 

Apply now!

The National Aviary teen volunteer program is open to students who will be 14-17 years old by June 1, 2020. Students gain valuable skills and avian knowledge while experiencing the daily life of a bird zoo. 

If you are interested in becoming a teen volunteer, please complete an online application between January 2 and  March 15, 2020. Applications must be complete and on time to be considered. The application is only live on our website for these two months.

If your application is accepted, you will be invited to a group interview. You will be required to bring a written personal reference. 

For those who are accepted into the program, the teen volunteer orientation will be held in June 6, 2020. This is a required day of training to prepare for volunteering. All teen docents must also attend docent training on June 14, 2020.