I just had my interview for Docent Council at the Philadelphia Zoo for this coming year. It sounded very promising, and I really liked the people I interviewed with, but I'm a little bit confused about it. It seems like such a respected position, but not only is it not paid, but it seems like it doesn't do much for a resume or for getting your foot in the door at the Zoo. I'm not so much worried about the volunteer aspect. I knew that going in and the experience sounds so amazing that I don't mind it being volunteer. I am, however, bothered by the fact that it seems like a huge commitment for not much benefit in terms of advancing my career in conservation education/animal care/general zoo work/etc. I was a bit turned off by the fact that it seemed like the position was completely isolated, and once you had it, you either keep it or you leave and that was that. The man and woman I was interviewing with had been docents for 35 and 20+ years respectively, and had no other animal-related jobs that they informed me of. I am very passionate about animals and I want to work with them in some capacity someday, whether that be running a dog boarding facility, working in animal-assisted therapy or being a conservation education specialist at a zoo. I have not been able to break into animal work with any sort of paid position, and I am very passionate about conservation education especially, so I figured the Docent Council would be a great way to get my start and move on to paid positions. Now I'm not so sure. Has anyone had experience with a docent council? Did it lead to anything more career-oriented, or at least look good on a resume?