Discovery Guide Volunteer Program

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

Based in our Education Department at the Bronx Zoo, Discovery Guides are seasonal volunteers (15 and older) who receive training in customer service and basic interpretation. Discovery Guides focus on a select group of visitor experiences and, in turn, gain experience with teaching, leadership, public speaking, and learn about animals and the wild places they inhabit!

Discovery Guides who successfully complete the program will be eligible for other volunteer opportunities at the Bronx Zoo.

What are some of the responsibilities?

  • Interact with children, families, and general visitors at select exhibits and educational activities around the zoo
  • Assist with birthday parties and other educational programs and special events
  • Participate in the Wildlife Conservation Society's Conservation Action campaigns

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference
  • Meet like-minded volunteers and make new friends
  • Earn school community service hours
  • Increase animal knowledge
  • Gain work experience and build your college resume
  • Get an insight into the Friends of the Zoo program
  • Receive a discount on food and retail items at the Bronx Zoo

What is the commitment?

  • Attend the full training for the program. Dates for Summer Discovery Guides 2016 will be June 18, 25, 30 and July 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Summer Discovery Guides must commit to working 70 hours from July 2–September 5, 2016
  • The first step to becoming a Discovery Guide is to fill out the online application (or print out and mail in)

Take the Next Step

Click on the link below and get started! Deadline to apply is May 1, 2016

Please complete the online application, or send the completed application by email to, by mail to Coordinator of Volunteers, Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx NY 10460, or by fax to (718) 365-3300, by Monday, May 1. Participants must be 16 years old at time of submitting application to participate, in addition to the application, all high school students must have a teacher submit a letter of recommendation.

If we think you'd be a good fit for the program, you'll be invited to a group interview, and you will be required to attend a full training before beginning your volunteer duties.

Apply Online:


Apply by email, mail or fax:

Discovery Guide Application Form

Discovery Guide Recommendation Form

For more information, please email

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