current volunteers

 

Volunteer

Are you interested in exploring a career in animal care, giving back to the community, or just having fun? Both individual and group volunteer opportunities at Zoo New England might be the adventure you've been looking for! Volunteers are important members of the Zoo New England team and help in many ways including assisting with animal care, education programs, and grounds maintenance. 

Volunteers require a four-month commitment and 1 shift per week in their department. Zoo New England hires volunteers on a seasonal basis. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following session.

Session 1: January 1st through April 31st

Deadline for Applications: December 15th

Session 2: May 1st through August 31st

Deadline for applications: April 15th

Session 3: September 1st through December 31st

Deadline for Applications: August 15th

First round interviews will take place throughout the application period, and placement decisions will be made after all first round interviews have taken place.
Volunteers will have two sessions of Zoo training and are allowed up to four absences per session.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Positions

Zoo Ambassador

While showing community spirit and interacting with families in a positive and fun environment, these volunteers learn all about the Zoos and develop valuable customer service skills. Ambassadors help ensure that guests have a wonderful visit by greeting them upon arrival, explaining the benefits of Zoo New England membership, answering questions, and giving directions. Ambassadors also assist with exhibit openings, guest enhancement activities, and special events by helping before, during, and after events as well as staffing special activity stations throughout the year.

Qualifications:
 -Ages 16+
-Ambassadors must be able to work both independently as well as part of a team and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Time Commitment:
Ambassadors must commit to three hours per week for a minimum of three months.

Location: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo


Education Interpreter 

Education Interpreters work with the Education Department to encourage visitors of all ages to think and learn about animals, habitats and conservation by helping them interpret exhibits. After training, Interpreters spend time on zoo grounds engaging visitors with activities, fun stations and biofacts. 

Qualifications:
-Ages 18+
-No experience is necessary and training is provided. Interpreters must be able to work independently and present a positive, friendly and professional demeanor. 

Time Commitment: 
Interpreters must complete three hours per week for a minimum of three months. 

Location: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo


Gardener

Want to help care for local and exotic plant species? Assist the Horticulture Department with the preparation, installation, and maintenance of the Zoos’ expansive grounds. Gardeners assist with planting, pruning, watering, weeding, cleaning and performing other related maintenance activities. This is a great opportunity for a garden club or for people without access to their own garden.

Qualifications:
-Willingness to work outdoors and perform physical activity.
- Landscaping experience is helpful.

Time Commitment:
Gardners must commit to three hours per week for a minimum of three months.

Location: Franklin Park Zoo


Keeper Aide 

This opportunity allows you to work with the Animal Management department to help provide for the health, safety, care and enrichment of Zoo New England's diverse animal collection. Keeper Aides assist with preparing diets, feeding animals, cleaning holding areas and recording observations.

NOTE: This position involves physically demanding, "dirty" work and does not involve hands-on work with animals. 

Qualifications:
-Ages 18+
-Keeper Aides must be in good physical condition and able to pay careful attention to details including safety requirements. Prior animal care experience strongly preferred.

Time Commitment:  
Keeper Aides must commit to four hours per week for a  minimum of three months.

Location: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo


Junior Keeper Aide

The Junior keeper Aide assists keeper staff in providing quality, professional care to a diverse animal collection including, mammals, (excluding primates and limited, if any, exposure to large carnivores) birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. In this role the volunteer will work strictly within our Children’s Zoo area and assist the Children’s Zoo keeper staff on daily activities.

Qualifications:
-Ages 16+
-Must be extremely responsible, mature and able to follow directions

Time Commitment:
Four months, one shift per week lasting 3.5-4 hours.

Location: Franklin Park Zoo

 

 

Group Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for a great team building activity? Learn about group volunteer opportunities!

Job Shadowing 
Job Shadowing experiences are available September through May, Monday through Saturday for a maximum of eight hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Learn more and download the application.

Contact Us

Franklin Park Zoo volunteer info: 

fpzvolunteers@zoonewengland.com 

617-989-2017

Stone Zoo volunteer info:
 szvolunteers@zoonewengland.com 
781-438-9503