Why volunteer?

As a volunteer, you will learn about biology and conservation, gain references and experience for college applications and resumes, and know you are helping spread awareness about important conservation messages! 

Docents

  

Docents work face-to-face with our guests to deliver conservation messages in a variety of ways. Ages 18+.

Interpreters stand by exhibits to act as guides to the exhibit animals. These volunteers talk about the biology, conservation, and individual animal information. As an interpreter, you will learn the names names and some background information about the individual animals. You will also learn about the biology and conservation of the species. You will have a fact sheet to refer back to. Interpreters help bring an interactive experience to volunteers.

Animal Ambassadors give guests an interactive experience with one of our education animals. Animal Ambassadors talk about the education animals, allow visitors to touch the education animals, and relate them to other animals at the zoo in order to directly relate conservation to our guests.

Tour Guides lead visitors on guided tours through the zoo. This is a new program we will be trying out once COVID19 restrictions lift! Tour guides are expected to know the history of our zoo, a little about each animal on exhibit, and general information about conservation and how zoos help animals.

Interactive Stations have volunteers at a station offering crafts, face painting, teaching, or other unique opportunities for guests.

ZooGoers & PAWZ

 

ZooGoers help the staff with grounds work, guest greeting and information, office work, preparation of behavioral enrichment items, classroom assistance, readying animal diets, and special events. Ages 18+.

PAWZ is our youth volunteer team. PAWZ members attend monthly training meetings and will be paired with a more experienced volunteer mentor to learn about biology and conservation. PAWZ volunteers will rotate through all of the volunteer activities, but they will have more long-term guidance and attend special meetings to learn about conservation. Ages 13-17.

Requirements

✔ Age 18+ (13-17 for PAWZ volunteers)

✔ Able to attend at least 1 monthly meeting a quarter

✔ Able to dedicate at least 36 hours a year to volunteering

✔ Positive attitude!

✔ Attend an orientation meeting

✔ Train under a volunteer mentor

FAQs

 

Q. I don't want to dedicate 36 hours annually, but I still want to help the zoo. Is there anything I can do?

A. Email us at cgiers@springfieldparks.org to be added to our events and special occasions volunteer list. We contact these volunteers when we need additional assistance with things such as crowd control at events, grounds work, etc.

Q. I have a Boy Scout, Girl Scout, community service, or other similar project I need to do. Can I do it through to zoo?

A. Possibly! Send your idea to cgiers@springfieldparks.org so we can assess i!

Q. My child is under 13 but really wants to help at the zoo and learn about animals. Can they volunteer?

A. Unfortunately, no, 13 is the minimum age we allow for volunteers.

Ready to Volunteer?

Email us at 

cgiers@springfieldparks.org

Volunteer

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