Zoo Ambassador Student Volunteer Program Highlights
The Zoo Ambassador Student Volunteer program is for interested applicants enrolled in secondary school on a full-time basis. Zoo Ambassadors engage with guests at interpretive tables and wayfinding stations across the Zoo site. They also lend a hand at a variety of special events throughout the year and assist Zoo Kids camp counselors during our summer camp.
Please Note: Volunteers do not have any direct contact with the Zoo’s animals or plants.
The Zoo Ambassador Student Volunteer program is suitable for students who:
- Are enrolled in a secondary school program (Grades 9-12). Minimum age at time of application is 14 years of age.
- Enjoy working with the public, both children and adults.
- Are enthusiastic and have good communication and customer service skills.
- Can commit to a minimum of 20 hours per year, for two years.
- Enjoy the outdoors and have an appreciation for/some knowledge of nature and wildlife.
- Are environmentally responsible and support the Zoo’s conservation mission.
Successful applicants are required to:
- Attend the two-day Zoo Ambassador Student Volunteer Orientation training in March. (Dates TBD -- training will not interfere with March Break.)
- For students ages 18 years and older, submit a satisfactory Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector search at their own expense before carrying out any volunteer duties. Students under 18 years of age sign a Record of Offense Declaration indicating their status. Details are provided to successful candidates at the orientation session.
Zoo Ambassadors can volunteer on weekends from September to June, and daily in July and August. Typically, shifts are from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 12:30-3:30 pm. Occasionally, special public programs which require Volunteer assistance may run in the evening.
Application deadline: Friday, January 12, 2024 (4:30 pm EDT)