Discovery Guide

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Educate zoo visitors about conservation and gain experience with teaching, leadership, and public speaking while learning about animals and their environments.

Who is this program for?

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, 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.

We are currently recruiting for the 2015-2016 School Year. The deadline for applications is September 15th. Discovery Guide fall training dates are September 27, October 4, 11, and 18th, 2015.

What are some of the responsibilities?

  • Educate public visitors at exhibits
  • Help out with birthday parties and special events, like Boo at the Zoo
  • Interact with children in the Discovery Center, art station and during summer camp
  • Get involved with Project TRUE (Teens Research Urban Ecology)
  • Collect data for animal behavior studies
  • Lead summer offerings like storytelling, games and art activities

Why volunteer?

  • Make a difference
  • Meet like-minded teens and make new friends
  • Earn school community service hours
  • Increase animal knowledge
  • Gain work experience and build your college resume

School Year Discovery Guide applications are due by September 15, 2015.

For more information call 718-399-7339 ext 325 or email

Download Discovery Guide Application