Prospect Park Zoo Volunteer Program

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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The Prospect Park Zoo offers two ways to volunteer. As a teen Discovery Guide, you'll answer questions about animals, direct visitors around the zoo, help out at special events and run children's activities. As an adult Education Docent you'll interpret animal exhibits, lead tours, interact with families in the Discovery Center, assist with educational programs, and have the opportunity to train as a narrator for daily Sea Lion feedings.

Discovery Guides

The Discovery Guide program is for teenagers and college students.

Discovery Guides help to maintain a friendly atmosphere for zoo visitors by interpreting animal exhibit areas, assisting with birthday parties and special events, and conducting research projects. Zoo internships can satisfy school community service hours, which can be applied toward school credit (check with your school), provide an introduction to careers in the animal field, or be a satisfying part of a summer vacation.

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We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2014. Please complete the following application. Applications are due by April 1, 2014.  Training dates will be June 27, 30, July 1, 2, & 3, 2014.

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Education Docents

Prospect Park Zoo is looking for dedicated adults who are willing to become Zoo Docents. As a volunteer educator, your level of commitment to the zoo is much greater than that of a seasonal volunteer. Those who are accepted into the program will attend a minimum of eight session training course Session topics will include conservation, biology, and informal learning. Once you have successfully completed docent training, you'll be ready to give tours, interact with families in our Discovery Center, and interpret exhibits.

At this time we are no longer accepting applications for Zoo Docents. Applications for the 2015 training class will be available in the fall.

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Education Internships for College Students

Do you like animals and the outdoors? Do you enjoy working with children? Are you interested in informal education? If you are a college student looking for an exciting summer internship, this program is for you!

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For more information, call (718) 399-7339 Ext. 325 or email ppzvolunteer@wcs.org