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.
Available Days to Volunteer
April 1 - June 24
Weekends and April 10-14
July 1- September 4
July 1- October 29
July 1-September 4; Full Week September 9-October 29; Weekends only
April 1- October 29
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.