Adult Volunteers

Volunteers at the Central Park Zoo work within the Education Department to engage zoo visitors in many different and exciting contexts. Through hands-on, conservation based experiences, our volunteers strive to inspire passion for wildlife and nature, cultivate scientific curiosity, and inspire conservation action in visitors of all ages.

As a Central Park Zoo volunteer, you may:

  • Lead inquiry based expeditions for schoolchildren and other zoo visitors through parts of the zoo.
  • Assist Conservation Educators during family programs, school programs, and more.
  • Get involved in a variety of special events and zoo activities.
  • Meet like-minded individuals and become part of a community
  • Have fun!

There are exciting new changes happening with our volunteer program! We are currently only accepting applications for those interested in leading guided zoo tours as an Expedition Leader, but please continue to check back for additional information about other volunteer opportunities to come. You can also email us at cpzvolunteers@wcs.org.

To apply for the opportunity to become an Expedition Leader, please complete the application form below.

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Applications will be accepted until 10/31/2017.

Volunteer Position Duties Qualities Needed Shift Length Time Commitment
Education Assistant (Not currently recruiting) - Greet groups as they enter park and guide to classrooms
- Provide support to Educators during classes, activities
- Assist with family programs, summer camp, or birthday parties
Greet groups as they enter park and guide to classrooms
- Provide support to Educators during classes, activities
- Assist with family programs, summer camp, or birthday parties
Full or half day Three days per month
Expedition Leader - Facilitate inquire-based explorations of the zoo with groups and families
- Ask questions and facilities lively discussions in response to student interests
- Passion for engaging children in observation and critical thinking
- Excellent listener with strong interest in experimentation and inquiry
- Group management abilities and comfort working with all ages
- Commitment to learn and teach curriculum in response to feedback
Varies Episodic
WCS Now Interpreter (Not currently recruiting) - Facilitate interactive conservation-based activities at specific locations in the park
- Assist with campaign-related petitions and crafts
- Use activities to engage visitors of all ages
- Strong improvisation skills with a flair for the theatrical
- Outgoing and approachable
- Eager to learn and try new things
- Commitment to sharing the WCS mission and message
Half or full day shifts Three shifts per month, year round

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