Discovery Guide Program

The Discovery Guide program is an educational volunteer opportunity for youth ages 14-22 at all 5 Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Zoos & Aquarium: Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the New York Aquarium. Typically we offer a spring and summer session. Check below for additional details.

As a Discovery Guide, you will engage zoo visitors in fun, educational activities throughout the park; assist with education programs; and support wildlife and the environment through WCS campaigns. There are many exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of, and opportunities to grow within the program throughout the seasons. In this role, you will join the WCS Education Department in our mission to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates!

The Discovery Guide Program is an opportunity for New York City youth; it is a highly competitive program and priority will be given to applicants who reside in the 5 boroughs. While we are happy to receive applications from any NYC resident, we are particularly interested in applications from young people who live in the following zip codes: 10002, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10031, 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040,10451, 10452, 10453, 10454, 10455, 10456, 10457, 10458, 10459, 10460, 10467, 10468, 10472, 10473, 10474, 10550, 11204, 11206, 11207, 11208, 11212, 11213, 11219, 11220, 11221, 11223, 11224, 11230, 11233, 11239, 11354, 11355, 11691, 11692.

We are now accepting applications for the summer 2024 program

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Application Deadline May 1, 2024 11:59 PM

Have additional Questions? Visit our Discovery Guide FAQ page.

Still have questions? You are also welcome to email us:

Bronx Zoo,

New York Aquarium,

Central Park Zoo,

Prospect Park Zoo,

Queens Zoo,

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