Are you wild enough? The Palm Beach Zoo is looking for a few good men, women and animal-loving youths to join its growing team of volunteers. It’s conducting on-site interviews for prospective volunteers next Saturday.
Close to 100 people currently donate 10,000 hours of their time every year to further the Palm Beach Zoo’s mission of education, conservation and research. Volunteers play a vital role in the Zoo’s operation. They are needed in all aspects of the organization from entertaining guests by sharing their wildlife knowledge to preparing the animals’ daily meals; from assisting administrative staff to working special events; to those with green thumbs helping the horticulture team keep the 23 acre campus beautifully landscaped. The Zoo is also seeking to expand its Docent program which requires additional training to handle animals.
The Zoo has hired a new Volunteer Manager, Joseph Landmichl, who has revamped the Volunteer program to appeal to people of all interests and accommodate all types of schedules. Volunteers can work in one of eight different departments and for as few as ten hours to as many as 1,000 hours a year. The Zoo currently accepts volunteers as young as 16 years of age, but in January will be expanding the youth program to include those as young as 14.
For dedicating their time and talents, volunteers receive many benefits including complimentary admission to the Zoo, free continuing education classes, discounts to the Tropics Café and gift shop, and of course, a myriad of fun times and lasting memories.
The Zoo will have a table set up outside the admission gate on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. where our Volunteer Manager will conduct interviews for prospective volunteers. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet current volunteers and hear first-hand about their essential role at the Zoo. More information and online applications are also available by visiting www.palmbeachzoo.org under the Volunteer tab at the bottom of the home page.