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:


Our Ambassadors have the important role of greeting zoo visitors, helping them to find their way, and sharing “what’s happening today!” (2 day training, 8+ hour a month commitment)


Our WCS Now Interpreters facilitate interactive, conservation based activities around the zoo. For this role, we are looking for volunteers that are committed to sharing the WCS mission and message, are outgoing and approachable, are comfortable interacting with large groups, and are eager to learn and try new things. (6 day training, plus online courses, 12+ hour a month commitment)

Expedition Leader

Expedition Leaders at the Bronx Zoo lead inquiry-based tours 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, and have a commitment to teaching in response to learner feedback—the Expedition Leader role would be a great fit for you! (*Now Interpreter training a prerequisite, 2 day training, 12+ hour a month commitment)

Play Partner

As a Play Partner, you will facilitate nature play based activities in our new Nature Trek exhibit, as well as alongside our Conservation Educators and Fellows during Nature Club events and meetings. If you enjoy spending time outside and embracing all the elements, consider becoming a Play Partner volunteer! (1 day training, 12+ hour a month commitment)

Education Assistant

As an Education Assistant, you may greet groups as they arrive to the zoo 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! (2 day training, 12 + hours a month commitment).

On-Call Event Support

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Bronx Zoo, but have limited time to commit, consider joining us as an On-Call Event Support Volunteer! You’ll be called upon to help with special events throughout the year. (Online training, 1-2 events per year)

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

Hear from our staff

“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 Assistant Volunteer

"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 Expedition Leader

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