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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! The recruitment and application period for the 2017 training class is now closed. Please check back for updates on the next class!

Are you a "people person" who loves to enthusiastically interact with others on topics related to wildlife and conservation? Become a volunteer at one of the nation's greatest institutions! You'll have the opportunity to assist our Education Department in engaging in inquiry-based interactions and activities with zoo visitors, leading tours and participating in a variety of events and educational programs. Educational experience and a flare for the theatrical is a plus!

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

  • Represent Wildlife Conservation Society and engage visitors in a professional and knowledgeable manner, including wearing the appropriate uniform items
  • Work as a part of a team according to a set schedule
  • Must be able to be on feet for long periods of time, unless using a mobility device such as a wheelchair
  • Must be 18 years of age or older unless otherwise specified
  • Provide a minimum of one shift per week (there are two shifts available- 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m., unless otherwise specified) for one year
  • Communicate with Coordinator of Volunteers on a regular basis

Why Volunteer?

  • The satisfaction of a meaningful contribution of services to one of the world's leading conservation organizations, WCS.
  • Individual year-round free admission to CPZ and the other 4 WCS facilities (Bronx Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium).
  • A 20% discount at the Zootique and 30% discount at the Dancing Crane Café.
  • An additional 25% discount off the WCS member price for seasonal general audience programs offered by the CPZ Education Department.
  • Invitations to attend continued education programs hosted by CPZ staff or other facilities that may provide opportunities for network with others in the field of wildlife conservation.
  • Participation for you plus one guest at the annual Volunteer Recognition Party held in September.
  • Tax deductions for certain expenses incurred as a result of volunteering with CPZ.

Time Commitment Requirements

  • Each incoming volunteer will is required to complete a training course, occurring on selected weekends January through March, followed by a 3-month probationary period.
  • Volunteers are expected to make a minimum 1-year commitment of service to the Central Park Zoo upon successful completion of the training course.
  • Volunteers are expected to provide service for a minimum of 4 shifts per month (there are two shifts available- 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m., unless otherwise specified), including weekends and holidays. Arrangements may be made with the Coordinator of Volunteers to work additional days, if desired.

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.

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