Prospect Park Zoo Volunteer Program

The Prospect Park Zoo offers two ways to volunteer. As a Discovery Guide, you’ll answer questions about animals, direct visitors around the zoo, help out at special events and run children’s activities. As an Education Docent you’ll interpret animal exhibits, lead tours, interact with families in the Discovery Center, assist with educational programs, and have the opportunity to train as a narrator for daily Sea Lion feedings.

Discovery Guides
The Discovery Guide program is for teenagers and seasonal volunteers.

Discovery Guides help to maintain a friendly atmosphere for zoo visitors by interpreting animal exhibit areas, assisting with birthday parties and special events, and conducting research projects. Zoo internships can satisfy school community service hours, which can be applied toward school credit (check with your school), provide an introduction to careers in the animal field, or be a satisfying part of a summer vacation.

We are currently accepting applications for the Summer 2012 season.  Applicants must be available to attend all training dates, volunteer 2 full days per week, and complete a minimum of 100 hours of service during the summer.  Training sessions will be held on June 28, 29 and July 1,  2 and 3, 2012.

Applicants must be at least 14 years old, have completed middle school, and have a strong interest in wildlife and conservation. College students are also encouraged to apply.  Prospective guides are encouraged to submit their applications and teacher recommendations by April 1st for the summer season.

Teen Volunteer Application

Education Docents

Prospect Park Zoo is looking for dedicated adults who are willing to become Zoo Docents. As a volunteer educator, your level of commitment to the zoo is much greater than that of a seasonal volunteer. Those who are accepted into the program will attend a minimum of six session training course Session topics will include conservation, biology, and informal learning. Once you have successfully completed docent training, you’ll be ready to give tours, interact with families in our Discovery Center, and interpret exhibits. 

We are no longer accepting applications for new adult Docents at this time.  We will resume accepting adult applications in Fall 2012.  Please check back at that time for an application and additional information.

For more information, call (718) 399-7339 Ext. 325 or email