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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 Guide

The Discovery Guide program is for teenagers and college students.

You will help maintain a friendly atmosphere for zoo visitors by interpreting animal exhibit areas, presenting fun activities like storytelling and games, and assisting with birthday parties and special events. Volunteering at the zoocan 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.

The deadline for School Year 2016-2017 applications is September 19th, 2016, 2016.

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Education Docents

We're 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, interpret exhibits, and narrate daily Sea Lion feedings.

We are currently accepting applications for the next Zoo Docent training class.

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

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