Explorer Post Acknowledgement of Understanding

Acknowledgement of Understanding

There are a few things you need to know before deciding to take the next steps in joining one of our volunteer teams.

The Zoo Explorer Post is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America. Exploring at Dickerson Park Zoo will provide fun and enriching experiences to young people by gaining an understanding of the husbandry of exotic animals. The Explorer Post assists zookeepers with daily animal feedings and exhibit cleaning. In addition, we envision the Post taking on critical role of implementing the zoo's animal enrichment program. This will include research, development, observation, and data entry. The post will also hold fundraisers throughout the year to enable the Post to participate in outside activities. 

In addition ot the support of the local BSA organization, we have an adult committee set up of zoo employees who are invested in making this a great program. Our mission is to provide the youth of our area opportunities in training, animal care, and management by developing individual skills and teamwork while also building character. 

Provided on the website is a recommendation form. Please request two forms be completed and emailed to amarler@springfieldmo.gov. There will be additional forms/applications to fill out once you have been accepted into the Post. 

Requirements for becoming a Zoo Explorer Post volunteer for Dickerson Park Zoo:

  • Applicants must be 13 to 20 years of age and have completed the eight grade.
  • Two recommendation forms must be completed and emailed to April Marler amarler@springfieldmo.gov Click here for the Recommendation Form
  • Accepted applicants must understand there will be a $100.00 membership fee.
  • All applicants must be willing and able to work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Accepted applicants must be available for and attend orientation and training classes specific to the position.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. The information you supply on this application will be used to distinguish you from other applicants and assess your qualifications for available volunteer positions. Completing an application does not secure a volunteer position or guarantee an interview.

If you have any further questions, please email or call April Marler at the zoo hospital, 417-874-2402/ amarler@springfieldmo.gov

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