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 and youth from throughout New York City are encouraged to apply. 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 not accepting applications at this time. Complete our interest form to be notified when the applications open for spring and summer 2023.


Complete the Interest Form


Have additional Questions? Visit our Discovery Guide FAQ page.


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

Bronx Zoo, discoveryguide@wcs.org

New York Aquarium, NYAdocent@wcs.org

Central Park Zoo, CPZdiscoveryguides@wcs.org

Prospect Park Zoo, PPZvolunteer@wcs.org

Queens Zoo, QZvolunteers@wcs.org

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