Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Education Department at the Bronx Zoo!
**Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming an adult volunteer within the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo Education Department. Fields marked * are required. Once you complete the application form, click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.**
- Applicants must be 21 years-of-age or older
- Applicants must participate in mandatory training sessions, (variable in length and content based on specialty, and may be both online and at the zoo) to prepare you for your Volunteer role. We are currently planning our next training sessions to begin in the winter of 2019.
- Upon successful completion of the training course, a minimum commitment of 1-year of service is expected.
- Volunteers must commit to satisfy the minimum number of volunteer shifts for their chosen Volunteer Specialty. Exceptions would be for vacations, illness, or emergencies.
Please Note: Volunteers do not help care for zoo animals or handle zoo animals.
Please carefully consider all of these requirements before submitting your application
The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Education Department is to inspire a diverse, inclusive movement of conservation advocates. We do this by sparking connection with animals and nature; enhancing scientific literacy through hands-on investigation; and engaging constituents in stewardship and action to conserve wildlife and wild places. Our volunteers help us meet that goal by serving the Education Department in the following ways:
On Call Special Event Volunteers: Help out at special events only, once or twice throughout the year.
Play Partners: Connect visitors to nature by facilitating outdoor activities in our new Nature Trek exhibit, as well as alongside our Conservation Educators during Nature Club events and meetings.
WCS Now Interpreters: Engage the public in educational, interactive dialogue around the zoo. Inspire visitors to take Conservation Action related to protecting wildlife and wildplaces.
Expedition Leaders: Lead inquiry-based tours for school children, private groups, families, or other pre-registered participants.
Education Assistants: Assist our Conservation Educators with classroom based programs.
Ambassadors: Greet zoo visitors, helping them to find their way, and sharing “what’s happening today!”
Please indicate the specialty or specialties that interest you at this time. Volunteering with multiple specialties is permitted, so long as the volunteer participates in all required trainings, and the minimum monthly commitment can be met.
Please enter your contact information, followed by two (2) emergency contacts
You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.
Why do you want to volunteer at the Bronx Zoo? How did you find out about the Bronx Zoo volunteer program? Please be specific, for example, a current volunteer, the BZ website, the BZ Facebook page, the WCS Member Newsletter, Idealist.org, etc
Do you have any experience working with groups? If yes, please describe in what capacity (leading tours, teaching classes, skill building, supervisory, etc.) and the approximate ages of groups you've worked with
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 = "Not at all" and 10 = "Love to"), how comfortable are you approaching people and engaging them in conversation?
Do you have any experience with public speaking? If yes, please describe.
Please list any experience or special skills that you believe would be useful in your position as a Bronx Zoo volunteer. For example, foreign language, teaching, etc.
Do you have any past or present volunteer experience? If yes, please describe.
In addition to completing the following, please feel free to send us a resume. Please list the name and phone number of a person not related to you who know you well and can attest to your character, skill and dependability.
There are a few things that you need to know before you decide to take the next steps in joining our volunteer organization. Our goal is to provide visitors to the Bronx Zoo with the highest level of customer service, while also sharing valuable knowledge related to the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society. We do not handle any of the zoo animals nor do we help care for them. In addition, we cannot offer you any assistance in getting a paid job at the Bronx Zoo. The Human Resources Department of the Wildlife Conservation Society is the department charged with processing applications for paid employment. As a volunteer you would have to relinquish your volunteer position should you secure a paid position within the Society. Similarly, volunteers are not eligible for internships within the Education Department or within other departments of the zoo. By checking the box below, you are indicating that you have considered all the above and would like to submit your application to volunteer. You understand that you may be invited to attend an informational session/group interview, after careful review of your application.