Discovery Guide Volunteer Program

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.

Season Season Dates Application Due Training Dates* Available Days to Volunteer Hour Requirement
Spring April 1 - June 24 February 18 March 25-26
April 1-2
Weekends and April 10-14 72
Summer July 1- September 4 May 1 June 17-18
June 24-25
Full week 80
Summer/Fall July 1- October 29 May 1 June 17-18
June 24-25
July 1-September 4; Full Week
September 9-October 29; Weekends only
Full Season April 1- October 29 February 5 March 25-26
April 1-2
Spring/Fall; Weekends and April 10-14
Summer; Full week

*Training dates are subject to change

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
  • For the Spring season: Earn $300 stipend upon program completion

Take the Next Step

Click on the link below and get started!

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. Participants must be 15 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.


Discovery Guide Application Form

Teacher Recommendation Form

Please contact us if you need to print an application:

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