Red Fox

Red Fox

Though it is called a red fox, this canine can be red, black and a number of shades in between. Both an opportunistic scavenger and a skilled hunter of small animals, the red fox has adapted the technique of sometimes catching its prey and burying it in snow or dirt for consumption at a later time.

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Catering at the Zoo

Volunteer at the Zoo


Community Volunteers

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.

       Need to Volunteer for School?

(Participation in government, honor roll, service fraternity, etc.)

We are offering opportunities to volunteer at Zoo Boo on October 22, 23, 29 and 30. Click here and sign up for your favorite activity. Please come dressed in a Halloween costume (nothing too scary!).

General Volunteers

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.

Education Volunteers

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.

Young Adult Volunteers

Perform activities similar to General Volunteers. Teens must be 15 years of age and complete volunteer orientation. They must have at least two references from people of authority, such as teachers, coaches, clergy, etc. Family members may not serve as references.

Youth Volunteers

Perform activities similar to General Volunteers. The Zoo Ambassador Program is for children, ages 10 to 14, who must be accompanied by a parent. Volunteer orientation is required. Each person must provide at least two references from people of authority, such as teachers, coaches, clergy, etc. Family members may not serve as references.

     Corporate Volunteer Program

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 or (315) 435-8511 x112.

Interesting in Volunteering?

We have a limited number of volunteer positions we are currently recruiting for at this time. Please be sure that your availability is a match to times listed in the position description.

In order to be a candidate for these opportunities you will need to meet the specified criteria.

Please click here to view the requirements for each position prior to registering for the informational session.

For more information, contact or (315) 435-8511 x112.




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