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Do have a love for animals? Would you like to get involved with conservation? Are you interested in learning more about how zoos run?

If so, you might want to sign up to volunteer at the zoo.

Volunteers are essential to our organization, and assist us in many ways. Whether you are interested in assisting behind-the-scenes or interacting with the public, there are a number of ways to volunteer at the Zoo. We currently have the following volunteer positions available:

Docents - (ages 18 and older)
Junior Docents- (9th Grade to 12th Grade)
Administration - (ages 18 and older)
Children's Center - (ages 16 and older)
Events and Programs - (ages 18 and older)
College Internship Program

Assist the Zoo’s staff with clerical and administrative duties as determined.

Duties and Responsibilities: • Data entry • Filing • E-mail/phone calling


• Complete required training and orientation, and follow Zoo policies and standards

• Computer skills and ability to use MSOffice a plus, but not necessary

• Ability to interact comfortably with Zoo staff


Time Required: • Weekly hours, depending on need


Description: Assist the Education Department with special events, school and family programs.

• Assist at special events • Design event activities

• Assist education staff and interns with paid and public programming

• Assist with light clerical duties: such as, phone calls, mailings, posters

*If you have gone through the Docent Training and would like to become a volunteer, you are still able to assist with leading groups through the zoo and interpreting at exhibits.

• Complete required training and orientation, and follow Zoo policies and standards

• A background in teaching or public speaking is a plus

• Volunteer on a consistent basis

• No Meetings required, but you are more then welcome to attend

This position does not include animal handling.




Volunteer Summer Opportunities

(Which can continue throughout the year, after a review)

You must be at least 16 to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at the zoo, these are the opportunities we have available for the summer:

  • Children's Center Volunteers: anyone who wants to help with the Children's Center and the barn yard. We need hard working volunteers who will be willing to help clean, feed and care for the Zoo's domestic collection.

  • Zoofari Volunteers: anyone who wants to help with summer programming. We need volunteers who have experience working with children and/or animals. These volunteers will assist teachers with the crafts, games, snacks, and preparation for the day’s activities.


Volunteer Application

All applications should be sent to:
Staten Island Zoo Education Department
614 Broadway
Staten Island, NY 10310
Ph: 718-442-3174 x37
Fax: 718-442-8492
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