Engage. Educate. Inspire.
Adult volunteers at the Prospect Park Zoo work within the Education Department to engage zoo visitors in many different and exciting ways. Our volunteers strive to inspire a passion for wildlife and nature, cultivate scientific curiosity, and encourage conservation action in visitors of all ages.
AS A PROSPECT PARK ZOO ADULT VOLUNTEER, YOU MAY:
- Greet guests and introduce them to the Zoo and the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
- Lead games and activities for families, school children and other zoo visitors at different areas of the zoo.
- Assist Conservation Educators during family programs, school programs, and more.
- Meet like-minded individuals and become part of a community.
- Have fun!
Our volunteer specialties offer something for everyone:
WCS Conservation Ambassador
Create a welcoming environment for visitors by providing them with information on zoo happenings and programs, answering questions about the animals, and promoting the conservation mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society through games and activities. If you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others, this role is for you!
Bring your passion for wildlife and conservation to the zoo! Interact with zoo visitors of all ages as you lead them through fun inquiry based activities and WCS conservation actions at various areas around the park. Strong improvisation skills and a flair for the theatrical a plus! Choose a recurring schedule or sign up for shifts each week if you need a more flexible schedule.
Sea Lion Narrator
Narrate daily sea lion training demonstrations for the public. Must be comfortable with public speaking and using a microphone. Great for aspiring performers and those needing a short volunteer shift. Can also be combined with another volunteer role.
Assist Conservation Educators during our Education Classes, Family Programs, Outdoor Adventures, Nature Play activities, and weekend Birthday Parties. Bring your love of teaching and learning to our programs! Education Assistants sign up for shifts on an as-needed basis. Volunteer throughout the year or for just a season.
WCS Expedition Leader
An Expedition is more than just a tour! Lead fun curriculum based journeys around the zoo. Expedition Leaders share their knowledge about wildlife and conservation, interact with school groups of diverse ages, and sign up for a consistent weekday volunteer schedule. This role is best for those that love public speaking, are comfortable in the outdoors, and can think on their feet.
Hear from our staff
"This program for me was like an escape, every day was exciting and I got to engage with new visitors. Every time I teach someone something new at the zoo, I feel a sense of pride.
WCS Now Interpreter