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.
The Discovery Guide program is for teenagers and college students.
Based in the Prospect Park Zoo's Education Department, Discovery Guides are seasonal volunteers (14 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!
Volunteering at the zoo 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.
The deadline for Summer applications is May 1, 2017.
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