WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2017 Docent Class of volunteer educators who give educational talks, act as tour guides, and are stationed throughout the zoo to provide information to visitors about the zoo and its animal collection.

According to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, this is a highly selective volunteer position and training is required.

“Our Docents help every visitor have an enjoyable and memorable experience at our zoo,” he said. “Whether walking through our zoo grounds or making presentations in schools or at community events, our Docents are volunteer ambassadors who share their love and knowledge about animals and their habitats, and encourage the public to have respect for the environment.”

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DiVincenzo encourages anyone with a love of animals to attend the training course on Sunday, Feb. 12, and become a Turtle Back Zoo Docent.

New Docents must be at least 18 years old and complete a seven-day course instructed by experienced zoo staff. Training will begin on Feb. 12 and continue on Sundays through the end of March.

There is a non-refundable fee of $25, which covers training materials and handouts. The application for the class can be accessed HERE.

For more information, contact the zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator at tbzdocents@yahoo.com or call 973-731-5800, ext. 306.