Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming an adult volunteer within the Wildlife Conservation Society's Prospect Park Zoo Education Department. Please note that this application is for adults only. Fields marked * are required. Once you complete the application form, click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page.

Prospect Park Zoo Adult Volunteer Requirements

" Applicants must be 18 years-of-age or older

" Applicants must participate in a 3 session introductory training, followed by additional training sessions (both online and at the zoo) to prepare you for a Volunteer Specialty. We are currently planning our next introductory training sessions to begin in late January 2020.

" Applicants must successfully complete all sessions of the training program. Each session covers basic animal science, ecology concepts, wildlife conservation, and interpretation skills. Instructors and staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society will teach the required classes.

" Upon successful completion of the training course, a minimum commitment of 1-year of service is expected.

" Adults must pass a background check before volunteering with the public.

" 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. In addition, the volunteer program cannot offer you assistance in getting a paid job at the Prospect Park 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.

Please carefully consider all of these requirements before submitting your application.

The Volunteer Program

The mission of the Prospect Park Zoo Adult Volunteer Program is to educate the public who visit the Prospect Park Zoo about wildlife in the park and the need for wildlife conservation. Volunteers are asked to choose a Volunteer Specialty which may include interacting with zoo visitors, helping out during school programs, leading tours or narrating sea lion feedings.

Play Partner - Early childhood activities (Discovery Center, Nature Play, and assist with Family Programs).

Education Assistant - Assist Conservation Educators during classes, programs.

WCS Now Interpreter - Educate visitors of all ages about animals, science and conservation.

WCS Now Interpreter 2 - Educate visitors of all ages about animals, science and conservation, plus narrate daily Sea Lion feedings and other presentations.

Expedition Leader - Lead interactive tours of the zoo for groups.

Personal Information

Demographic Information

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.


The Prospect Park Zoo is open from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on weekdays, and from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM on weekends. What days of the week are you available to volunteer? Please write down all days that apply.

Volunteer Specialties

Prospect Park Zoo Volunteers are asked to choose a Volunteer Specialty. Each Specialty has different training, activities, and levels of commitment. Please indicate the specialty or specialties that interest you at this time.

Volunteer Interest

Why do you want to volunteer at the Prospect Park Zoo?

Experience - Groups

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.

Experience - Public Speaking

Do you have any experience with public speaking? If yes, please describe

Experience - Special Skills

Please list any experience or special skills that you believe would be useful. For example, foreign language, teaching, etc.

Experience - Volunteering

Do you have any past or present volunteer experience? If yes, please describe


Please provide contact information for 2 to 3 people who have known you for a minimum of three years or more. One reference MUST be a person who has worked with you in a professional capacity.

Agrement Statement

By checking this box, I state that I am 18 years-of-age or older. If accepted as a Prospect Park Zoo volunteer, I agree to commit to 1 year-of-service and be available to volunteer 2 to 4 days per month for the expected number of shifts for my selected Volunteer Specialty. I understand that I will have NO direct contact with animals.