Adult Volunteers

Engage. Educate. Inspire.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! We are not currently accepting applications at this time. If you’d like to receive a notification when we are recruiting, please email

Our volunteer specialties offer something for everyone:

Visitor Experience Host

Our visitor experience hosts have the important role of greeting zoo visitors, assisting with guest wayfinding & planning, and highlighting WCS conservation work. For this role, we are looking for volunteers that are committed to sharing WCS mission and message, are outgoing and approachable, flexible, collaborative, are comfortable interacting with large groups, and are eager to learn and try new things. Welcome stations are strategically located in central locations and may vary depending on thematic zoo events.

Nature Trek Play Partner

As a Nature Trek Play Partner, you will facilitate nature play based activities in our Nature Trek exhibit and support our educators and interpreters who help coordinate the space. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, are comfortable approaching visitors while encouraging both guided & free play, and can embrace all the elements, consider becoming a Nature Play Partner volunteer!

Education Program Assistant

As an Education Assistant, you may greet groups as they arrive and guide them to their classrooms, provide support to our Conservation Educators during programs or activities, or assist with family programs, birthday parties, or summer camps!

Outdoor Adventure Guide

Outdoor Adventure Guides lead inquiry-based exploratory adventures for school children, private groups, families, or other pre-registered participants. If you have a passion for engaging people in observation and critical thinking, are an excellent listener with a strong interest in inquiry, are comfortable managing groups of all sizes, comfortable leading programs in all kinds of weather, and have a commitment to teaching in response to learner feedback, and a teamplayer—the Outdoor Adventure Guide would be a great fit for you!

We are not currently accepting applications for our adult volunteer program.

Hear from members of our volunteer community

“Among the many things I enjoy are: the curiosity & excitement of students; the feeling of accomplishment I gain from helping the Instructors carry out a particular lesson plan; the fact that I learn some new, interesting fact almost every time I volunteer; the sense of reward from making a small but tangible contribution to educate & inspire students so they will better understand; and be more apt to conserve wildlife in the future.“

Bronx Zoo Education Program Assistant

"Giving tours continues to provide me with joy and fulfillment in knowing that I am making a difference and teaching adults and kids about wildlife.”

Bronx Zoo Outdoor Adventure Guide

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