Central Park Zoo

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Recruitment for 2015 training program is now closed. Recruitment for the 2016 training program will be open in August of 2015. Check back regularly for updates!

Are you a "people person" who loves to educate others on topics related to wildlife and conservation? Become a volunteer docent at one of the nation's greatest institutions! You'll assist our Education Department in engaging in inquiry-based discussions with zoo visitors, interacting with guests at the information cart, offering administrative support, leading tours, reading to children during our story time activities, and participating in a variety of events and educational programs.

What are some of the responsibilities?

Volunteers must be flexible and prepared to serve in any of the capacities listed below.

Why Volunteer?

Time Commitment Requirements

The Central Park Zoo is open every day of the year, including all holidays. The zoo looks to its volunteers for support 365 days a year.

Volunteer Benefits

Training Program

Volunteer applicants will be interviewed in Fall 2015 by the Coordinator of Volunteers. Those accepted are required to complete a multi-week training program taught by zoo staff. The 9-session training program will take place February and March of 2015. Applicants MUST be available to attend all 9 sessions in order to be accepted into our volunteer program. The cost of training is $100. This includes fees for training refreshments, materials, uniform shirt and explorer vest. Final acceptance of a volunteer into the program is contingent on successful completion of the training course and a 3-month probationary period.

Program Organization

The Coordinator of Volunteers and the Manager of Education are responsible for selecting, supervising, and evaluating volunteers. For each day of the week, a Day Captain will be elected by the day's members or appointed by the Coordinator of Volunteers. The Day Captain is directly responsible for assigning jobs to that day's volunteers, making up a schedule, and maintaining records for the day. Day Captains also serve as the liaison between their day's team and the Coordinator of Volunteers.

Additional questions? Contact the Coordinator of Volunteers at cpzvolunteers@wcs.org.