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Fall Volunteer Recruitment Day
Sunday, September 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On this day, you can arrive at the zoo, complete an application and be interviewed on the spot for a number of volunteer positions.  Entrance to the zoo is free for the volunteer applicant – any accompanying guests must pay admission.  You can save time by downloading and printing out an application (for a Teen Volunteer, Adult Volunteer, or Docent & Jr Docent application).

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Staten Island Zoo! Please read over the information below and click on the links to learn more about different types of volunteerism.

The Staten Island Zoo is grateful for our volunteer support.
Volunteers are essential to the Staten Island Zoo whether you are interested in assisting behind-the-scenes or interacting with the public.

All of our volunteers are trained and supervised by zoo staff.  We are honored for the volunteer help we receive.  There are limited spaces available to volunteer.

There are 3 categories of volunteerism at the zoo: Volunteers, Interns, and Docents/Jr. Docents
. Please read over the descriptions below, read the Volunteer Guidelines and follow these pages for more thorough descriptions and applications.


Help in all aspects of the zoo - from assisting in preparing animal diets to assisting family fun at zoo public programs.  Depending on the volunteer placement, there are different hourly requirements.  More information can be found on the Teen Volunteer & Adult Volunteer pages.

Children’s Center (Animal Care) Volunteers, Zoofari Volunteers, Special Events Crew, and in our Commissary (Food Preparation).


Must be in school or recently in college.

Interns are required to work 2 full days/week (16 hours).  College credit can be received depending on the school.

More information can be found on the Intern page.

Must be college aged and willing to commit to 2 full days of work. (Please click here to learn more about the Zoo’s internship programs.)

Docents & Jr.  Docents

Docents and Jr. Docents take a ten week course at the zoo.  During this course, Docents and Jr. Docents learn about animals and conservation.

Teens 14 years and older along with adults learn public speaking and how to present animals to the public. Please click here to learn more about the Docent Program.

Spooktacular Volunteers

We’re always appreciative of our Spooktacular volunteers who are a part of our once a year Halloween Event. Please click here for this application.

At this time, the Staten Island Zoo does not have the capacity for group volunteer opportunities.

Please note: All volunteers must be capable of working independently and as part of a team.

Staten Island Zoo volunteers are subject to a thorough background check.  The Staten Island Zoo reserves the right to alter the volunteer program or its contents in any way without prior notice.  Staten Island Zoo volunteer positions may be terminated at any time per the discretion of the Zoo and without notice.

The Staten Island Zoo is committed to the principle of equal educational opportunities without the discrimination of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, or presence of a legally protected disability or any other legally protected status.

Unfortunately, because of the high volume of applicants we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates on applications.  Not all applicants will be invited to an interview.  Please wait for the Zoo to contact you regarding your potential interview and acceptance into the program.

All applications should be sent to:
Staten Island Zoo Volunteer Coordinator

614 Broadway

Staten Island, NY 10310

Fax: 718-442-8492

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

No phone calls please.

Please read our Volunteer Guidelines