Spectacled Bear

Spectacled Bear

The spectacled bear gets its name from the distinctive rings of white or beige fur around its eyes. These markings stand out against the rest of the bear, which is usually black or dark brown, and look like eyeglasses (or spectacles).

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Membership
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Volunteer at the Zoo

Opportunities

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.

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 volunteer@rosamondgiffordzoo.org or (315) 435-8511 x112.


Volunteer Application

To become a volunteer you will need to:

  • fill in and submit an electronic application
  • interview with the volunteer manager
  • successfully complete the required background check
  • attend the necessary training session

If a need exists for your particular interest area, we will contact you.

Please note: all volunteer positions are presently filled. Recruitment will begin again in fall 2016. Check back here at that time for links to the online application.

For more information, contact volunteer@rosamondgiffordzoo.org or (315) 435-8511 x112.