Bronx Zoo Volunteer Programs

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS
The Bronx Zoo offers two ways to volunteer. As a seasonal Discovery Guide, you'll answer questions about animals, direct visitors around the zoo, help out at birthday parties and run children's activities. As a year-round Friends of the Zoo (FOZ) you'll interpret animal exhibits, lead tours, interact with families at Discovery Stations, assist with educational programs, and assist with special events.
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Discovery Guide Volunteer Program

Based in the Bronx Zoo Education Department, Discovery Guides are seasonal volunteers (16 and older) who receive training in customer service and basic interpretation. Discovery Guides focus on a select group of visitor experiences and, in turn, gain experience with teaching, leadership, public speaking, and learn about animals and the wild places they inhabit! If interested, Discovery Guides who successfully complete the program will be eligible to join the Friends of the Zoo, the docent organization of the Bronx Zoo.

Friends of the Zoo

The docent organization based in the Education Department at the Bronx Zoo. Enthusiastic adults 22 or older, who can serve weekdays or weekends for a minimum of two years, are prime candidates for the program. Weekday docents serve one day per week; weekend docents serve one day every other weekend. Docents enjoy free admission to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s four zoos and the aquarium in New York. They receive continuing education courses on wildlife biology, and discounts at WCS gift shops.