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.

Volunteer opportunities for Spring and Summer 2018 will be posted soon.

We are currently recruiting for a fall cohort of Discovery Guide Volunteers!

What are some of the responsibilities?

  • Interact with children, families, and general visitors at the Zoo’s new Nature Trek exhibit, and during nature based educational programs and events.
  • Work alongside Wildlife Conservation Society employees to create new educational experiences for zoo visitors.
  • Advocate for nature and wildlife by promoting outdoor play and exploration!

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference
  • Meet like-minded youth and make new friends
  • Learn about other volunteer opportunities for youth in NYC
  • Gain work experience and build your college resume
  • Receive a discount on food and retail items at the Bronx Zoo
  • For the fall/winter season: Earn $300 stipend upon program completion

Take the Next Step

Click on the link below and get started!

Please complete the online application. Participants must be 15 years old at time of submitting application to participate.

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.



Please contact us if you need any help with your application:

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