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Volunteer at the Zoo

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in saving wildlife and wild places? Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s mission is to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. By joining our team, you will become a critical part of a conservation organization at a thrilling time as we expand our team to build the Zoo of the future. 

The Palm Beach Zoo Volunteer team is comprised of dedicated people from all across the country who are passionate about conservation! No matter where your talents lie we may have an opportunity for you

Currently, we are recruiting for adult Pathway Volunteers and Animal Husbandry Volunteers

As a Pathway Volunteer, you will be welcoming our guests to the zoo and helping them with wayfinding. Additionally, you will conduct daily animal chats and assist the Zoologists with Animal Experiences by helping with crowd management, answering basic questions, and telling our animals’ stories.

As an Animal Husbandry Volunteer, you will assist our Zoologists with basic animal care responsibilities. A typical day could include cleaning/raking habitats, washing dishes, entering electronic records, observing and reporting animal behavior, providing informal guest interactions and assisting with projects. You should not expect to work directly with or handle any of the animals. 

Requirements for becoming a Palm Beach Zoo Volunteer:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Work outdoors in the South Florida heat and humidity for long periods of time. Animal Husbandry volunteers also need to physically be able to stoop, bend, reach, lift, carry or push at least 30 pounds over uneven surfaces.
  • Commit to at least one 3-hour shift a week. (You are, of course, welcome to volunteer more if you wish!)
  • Display the following competencies:
    • Hospitality – Creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere
    • Proactive – Taking the initiative to engage with guests and Zoologists
    • Independence – Ability to follow a schedule with little supervision
    • Pubic Speaking – Ability to deliver information to a group of people
    • Work with children of varying ages, as well as adults.
    • Complete an on-site orientation. 
  • A fee of $30.00 is required for all trainees; which covers a volunteer shirt, ID badge, orientation materials and background check.

´╗┐Complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Palm Beach Zoo volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom. The information you provide on this application will be used to distinguish you from other applicants and assess your qualifications for available volunteer positions. Completing an application does not secure a volunteer position.

First time applicants, and returning volunteers must fill out application. 

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