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Supporting the Big Bear Alpine Zoo
at Moonridge since 1989

Volunteer

 

Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Volunteer/Docent Application

 

We are looking for volunteers with a strong work ethic, who are responsible, dedi-
cated, and can commit to conservation education, fundraising, and special projects

that support Big Bear Alpine Zoo. Our two-tiered volunteer program is for people
who want to play an active role in the conservation of wildlife and the preservation
of species and habitat. It is for people who want to promote stewardship of our
mountain ecosystem.

 
We have two tiers for people wishing to assist FOBBAZ: Volunteers and Docents. Both
tiers require that you are a Member of FOBBAZ.

  • Tier 1 (Volunteer) is a one-day training commitment, during which you will be oriented

    to our organization’s rules, regulations and expectations. You will be required to be fin-
    gerprinted and to go through a Department of Justice background check (paid for by

    FOBBAZ). A minimum of 40 hours a year is required. This level of commitment does
    not allow you to work at the zoo, though you may help at off-campus events at which
    docents are working. You must have access to a computer in order to track your hours,

    use the e-calendar, and receive FOBBAZ emails. Also, after time donated as a Tier 1 Vol-
    unteer, you may elect to train for Tier 2.

  • Tier 2 (Docent) is a four-day training commitment, plus an additional 20 hours. You
    will be trained to interact with zoo guests using a fixed outline for messaging. You are
    required to be fingerprinted and to go through a Department of Justice background
    check (paid for by FOBBAZ). A minimum of 40 hours a year is required. You will also
    be required to purchase a uniform shirt. This tier allows you to work at the zoo as well
    as off-campus events. You must have access to a computer in order to track your hours,
    use the e-calendar, and receive FOBBAZ emails.

What do FOBBAZ Volunteers do?
We make ourselves available to help as needs arise at the FOBBAZ office.
• We help the Recreation & Parks District with gift shop merchandise.

• We participate in fundraising and special projects off-campus which continue to sup-
port the zoo.

• We represent FOBBAZ at community and promotional events.

• We actively assist the organization as it prepares for special events, educational activi-
ties, and community outreach.

• We disseminate and collect Donation Cans placed in various businesses around the val-
ley.

• We participate in organizational activities to ensure the continued growth and success
of the organization.
• We recruit new Volunteers!

 

What do FOBBAZ Docents do?
• As ambassadors for the zoo, we use key messaging to engage the public in conversations
about wildlife and its habitats.
• We participate in fundraising and special projects which continue to support the zoo.
• We participate in special events that educate the public about the roles all animals play
in perpetuating a healthy environment, while also emphasizing the greater role humans
play in protecting species and habitat.
• We represent FOBBAZ/BBAZ at community and promotional events.

• We actively assist the organization as it prepares for special events, educational activi-
ties, and community outreach.

• We provide limited animal care and diet preparation at the zoo.
• We participate in organizational activities to ensure the continued growth and success
of the organization.
• We recruit new Docents!

Please note: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and therefore are required

by law to track, log, and report our volunteers’ hours yearly. Over 75% of our volun-
teer hours are donated Mondays through Fridays, with limited opportunities to do-
nate time on the weekends. Please consider carefully your own ability to get to Big

Bear (e.g. Winter weather, work hours) if you live out of the local area.

EIN 33-0350180


(click here for on-line application)

OR

You can mail your application in by downloading the Docent / Volunteer Application

OR

You can pick one up at: 41220 Park Ave., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

(From Big Bear Blvd, turn north onto Mountainaire. When you get to Park Ave., in front of you will be a driveway into Swim Beach. We are located in the parking lot of Swim Beach, in the building to your right.)

 

For additional information, email info@fobbaz.org or call (909) 878-4200