Snake Shack Docent

Make an environmental difference by volunteering in one of our newest attractions - Snakes of Texas! Displayed are 20 species of venomous and non-venomous native snakes in a safe environment.
Jun 22, 2019  10:00AM
3.5 Hours
2 Shifts Available
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Located in Dallas' historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. We have 7.5 acres featuring native and adapted plants, as well as a climate controlled Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, featuring tropical butterflies.

Family festivals, free admission days, and our extensive (and growing) EarthKeepers student education program introduce children and adults to natural outdoor learning experiences.

We are the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified 100% organic by the Texas Organic Research Center. The gardens are maintained using sustainable methods that conserve water and help to protect the environment.

At family events offered throughout the year, children and parents can share the experience of being amazed and inspired by nature's intricate web of life. Gardening workshops and guided tours provide expert advice on using native and adapted plants to create backyard habitats for butterflies, birds and other native wildlife.

At Texas Discovery Gardens, discover a wealth of information on ways to restore, conserve and preserve natural environments in urban areas.


What should you be doing at this location? You are monitoring guests to make sure they practice safe behavior in the Snake House. You are providing our guests with basic information about the snakes and answering any questions they might have.


Why are you important? Make sure guests do not tap on the glass as this can upset the snake. If an angry snake strikes the glass, it can hurt itself. While the chances of a snake getting loose are very, very, very low, we still do have venomous snakes and need to make sure that guests are not engaging in behavior that is risky to themselves or to the snakes. Lots of people are scared of snakes! A smiling face telling them how awesome they are can go a long way to turn fear into fascination. J

This job is a good fit if you…

  • o   Actually like snakes. We want to give guests a positive perspective on our slithery friends!
  • o   Are knowledgeable about snakes. If you know the difference between poisonous and venomous, you’re on the right track! If not, we have a “Snake Facts” sheet that you can review.
  • o   Are comfortable with less than perfect A/C. The Snake House has two fans and some A/C, so it never gets hot, just maybe not quite as comfortable as indoor temperatures. There is a chair out there, so you may sit or stand.


  1. Apply online at 
  2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation (invitation will be sent after application is processed) 
We look forward to you joining the Texas Discovery Gardens team!

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