Volunteers

Zoo volunteers are an integral part of the Zoo, contributing their time and energy to the Zoo’s education
and environmental mission. Whether it is going out on Zoomobiles with the Zoo Educators, talking to visitors, caring for the Zoo grounds, or helping out with the animals, our volunteers make a difference to both our visitors and the staff.

Below is information on the different volunteer opportunities and how to get started. Read on and find out if being a Zoo volunteer is for you.

Zoo Friends:

Zoo Friends help staff special events, greet visitors and share educational information about exhibits. All prospective Zoo Friends must be at least 18 years of age, complete an application form and interview process and attend a one-day training class. Classes are held twice a year. Please call the volunteer office at 203-330-6046 for more information.

Zoo Gardeners:

Zoo Gardeners help the Zoo maintain and expand its botanical collection in the Greenhouse, outdoor beds and some animal exhibits. Zoo Gardeners may also help with special events and help educate our public on horticultural matters. 

All prospective must be at least 18 years of age, complete an application form and interview process and attend a one day training process. Classes are held twice a year. Please call the volunteer office at 203-330-6046 for more information.

Zoo Docents:

Zoo Docents are the Zoo’s volunteer educators. Docents help organize special events, assist in our education program and interact with our public on all aspects of animal and environmental issues. Docents can become involved in some aspects of animal care.To become a Zoo Docent, volunteers must be a Zoo Friend or a Zoo Gardener in good standing and complete Docent classes. Please call the volunteer office at 203-330-6046.

Interns:

Interns assist our staff while learning valuable life lessons about their possible career choices. Internships are available in animal care, vet tech, education, horticulture and administration. While there is no stipend, students may work for credit. Prospective interns must be at least 18 years of age, a college undergraduate, or graduate student, or within three years after graduation. Schedules are flexible and available year-round. There is an interview, application and training process. Summer application deadline is February 28th.  Please call our Volunteer Office at 203-330-6046 for more information. 
 

Explorers:

Investigate Zoo careers from animal care to development and marketing, to visitor services and maintenance to Zoo director.  Teens interested in learning more about Zoos and Zoo careers are welcome to join our Explorer Post.  Explorers, a coed division of Boy Scouts, are young men and women 14-18 years old that are exploring career options.  Zoo Explorer Post members attend career workshops with hands-on activities.  Explorers also take part in job shadows,  develop a public presentation and create a year-end project.
*For young men and women 14 years of age through Grade 12
*Learn about Animal Care, Horticulture, Research and Conservation, Education, Visitor Services and More!
*Meetings are once a month from January – December
*$85 includes membership in CT Yankee Council
Explorer Registration Form
Emergency Contact Form

Conservation Discovery Corps

Get involved with local conservation education and field work.  Qualified high school students will have the opportunity to work side by side with field biologists, study the role of zoos in conservation and help educate the zoo’s visitors.  This is a year long program with the opportunity for greatest involvement during the summer months.  Applications are due in January with classes starting in February.
CDC application 

Community Groups:

If you are part of a civic organization that's looking for a unique environment for a service project, please call our Volunteer Office at (203) 330-6046.


Youth Volunteers