Adult Volunteers

Volunteers at the Bronx Zoo work within the Education Department to engage zoo visitors in many different and exciting contexts. Through hands-on, conservation based experiences, our volunteers strive to inspire passion for wildlife and nature, cultivate scientific curiosity, and inspire conservation action in visitors of all ages.

As a Bronx Zoo volunteer, you may:

  • Lead inquiry based expeditions for schoolchildren and other zoo visitors through parts of the zoo.
  • Assist Conservation Educators during family programs, birthday parties, school programs, and more.
  • Get involved in a variety of special events and zoo activities.
  • Meet like-minded individuals and become part of a community
  • Have fun!

We are currently recruiting new volunteers for Spring 2018! Follow the link below to apply. You can also email us at foz@wcs.org.

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Volunteer Position Duties Qualities Needed Shift Length Time Commitment
On-Call Event Support - Greet guests at welcome tables, distribute materials
- Facilitate activities such as crafts or simple games
- Enthusiasm
- Ability to take directions
- Appreciation of the flexible, spontaneous nature of public events!
Full event plus set up and wrap up One or two days per year
Ambassador - Greet visitors at key locations
- Answer questions about all aspects of the zoo
- Share "what's happening today" and special exhibit updates
- Help visitors plan their day and find their way
- Deep knowledge of zoo facilities, animals, and workings of WCS
- Passion for wildlife and interest in sharing with others
- Friendly and personable
Half Day (9:30 a.m. - 1p.m./12:30-4 p.m.) Two days per month (April - October)
Play Partner - Facilitate drop-in activities with families at Nature Play sites
- Assist children and caregiver in free play exploration
- Enthusiasm for working with young children and their caregivers
- Fun, welcoming personality
- Doesn't mind getting messy/dirty
Half Day (9:30 a.m. - 1p.m./12:30-4 p.m.) Three days per month minimum
Education Assistant - Greet groups as they enter park and guide to classrooms
- Provide support to Educators during classes, activities
- Assist with family programs, summer camp, or birthday parties
Greet groups as they enter park and guide to classrooms
- Provide support to Educators during classes, activities
- Assist with family programs, summer camp, or birthday parties
Half or full day Three days per month minimum
Expedition Leader - Facilitate inquire-based explorations of the zoo with groups and families
- Ask questions and facilities lively discussions in response to student interests
- Support in-park activities when tours aren't scheduled
- Passion for engaging children in observation and critical thinking
- Excellent listener with strong interest in experimentation and inquiry
- Group management abilities and comfort working with all ages
- Commitment to learn and teach curriculum in response to feedback
Half day mornings Three days per month
WCS Now Interpreter - Facilitate interactive conservation-based activities at specific locations in the park
- Assist with campaign-related petitions and crafts
- Use activities to engage visitors of all ages
- Strong improvisation skills with a flair for the theatrical
- Outgoing and approachable
- Eager to learn and try new things
- Commitment to sharing the WCS mission and message
Half or full day Three days per month (March-October)

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