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Volunteer at the Zoo

A volunteer assignment at the Zoo offers flexible hours — many Zoo departments work seven days a week. Most of our volunteer positions are available to individuals who are 18 years or older.

To request a volunteer information packet, please e-mail the Volunteer Director with your area of interest, full name, address, city, state and ZIP code so we can send the information to you without delay.

For those individuals who are under 18 years old, opportunties are avaialable. These opportunities include volunteering for Special Events or particpating in Summer Teen Learning Adventures. For Special Event information e-mail the Volunteer Director. For Teen Summer Learning Adventure information e-mail the Education Specialist.

2014 Volunteer of the Year

Sedgwick County Zoo would like to recognize Margaret Nichols with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year award. For many years, Mrs. Nichols has volunteered as a docent and also in the Education Department. Margaret has a strong passion for teaching, very knowledgeable about the animals, and cares deeply about the Zoo and its mission. She also enjoys working special event days like Endangered Species day and World Penguin day.

In 2014, Margaret volunteered 225 hours and has well over 4,000 hours in her time here at the Zoo.

“Many of the volunteers who work in the education department have told me that they began volunteering because Margaret was so enthusiastic in recommending the Zoo as a place to volunteer,” said Peninnah Ziegler, Education office assistant.

Margaret is a fixture in the education department and called on frequently when help is in need. “I know I can count on her to not only be here but be one of the volunteers I can send out on an assignment and she will get the job done,” said Kara King, Education specialist. Viewed by some participants in classes as “another grandma,” Margaret is always eager to help when called upon. Margaret is a team leader in training and helping other docents find their roles. She is also a talented seamstress and has helped in special projects like making costumes, table covers, and even tote bags.

“We so appreciate Margaret and all she does for so many programs here at the Zoo,” said Chaille Blount, Education specialist. “I know the Education department wouldn’t be the same without her.”

In 2014, the Sedgwick County Zoo totaled 805 volunteers who donated 34,325 hours. Volunteers help the Zoo by giving their time which in turn saves the Zoo money. The cumulative hours donated by the Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers in 2014 were equal to 17 full time employees. Thanks to all of you for what you do to help make the Zoo the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.

Docent Program

Become a Zoo ambassador! Do you love animals? Do you want to share your passion with others? Become part of the Sedgwick County Zoo Docent Program. Docents are trained education volunteers who help with all aspects of Zoo education. As a docent you will work with education animals, assist with a variety of education activities and meet others who share your interests.

To find out more about this exciting program, please contact the Education Department at 266-8213.

Volunteer Coordinator:   Sally Knofflock
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67212
t: (316) 266-8216
2014 Volunteer of the Year download pdf
2013 Volunteer of the Year download pdf
2012 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
2011 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
2010 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
2009 Volunteers of the Year download pdf
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