If you have some spare time, come spend it at the zoo. Volunteering at the zoo is an exciting and rewarding experience! There are a number of different opportunities available:
Provide intermittent or occasional support for the zoo and its staff, programs, projects and events. No commitment to a specific number of volunteer hours is required; Volunteers receive as-needed, task-specific instructions, such as working a craft table, making phone calls, preparing mailings or assisting with catering for a meeting or event.
Provide similar activities as above, but are scheduled on a regular basis; attend volunteer orientation and commit to 50 hours of volunteer service per year.
Perform services directly related to public education. Duties may include assisting with educational programs, conducting school tours and interpreting animal exhibits and/or behavior. May also perform General volunteer activities, as needed. Must attend volunteer orientation, complete 20 hours of training and commit to 50 hours of service per year, for a minimum of two years.
Perform activities similar to General Volunteers. Teens must be 15 years of age and complete volunteer orientation. Teens who are 14 years of age may be considered if they have at least two references from people of authority, such as teachers, coaches, clergy, etc. Family members may not serve as references.
Perform activities similar to General Volunteers. The Zoo Ambassador program is for children, ages 10 to 13, who must be accompanied by a parent. Volunteer orientation is required.
Specifically assist the administrative and keeper staff with office projects such as mailings, compiling statistics, filing, computer assistance, ordering uniforms and nametags, etc.
Corporations play a special role by bringing groups of employee volunteers together, often for specific projects on either an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. These projects not only provide an invaluable service to the zoo, but also afford a wonderful opportunity for employees to spend quality time together outside the workplace. If your company would like to become involved at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, we have a program of activities that is just right for you and your employees.
For more information on corporate volunteer opportunities, contact Ellen Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 435-8511 x112.
All volunteers must attend an orientation.
Upcoming 2015 training dates are as follows:
For more information, or to request information about an upcoming orientation session, contact Ellen Vaughn at (315) 435-8511 x112 or e-mail email@example.com.