Adult Volunteers

Volunteers at the Queens Zoo work within the Education Department to engage zoo visitors in many different and exciting contexts. Through hands-on, conservation based experiences, our volunteers strive to inspire passion for wildlife and nature, cultivate scientific curiosity, and inspire conservation action in visitors of all ages.

There are many different ways to volunteer with us:

Volunteer Position Duties Qualities Needed Shift Length Time Commitment
On-Call Event Support - Greet guests at welcome tables, distribute materials
- Facilitate activities such as crafts or simple games
- Enthusiasm
- Ability to take directions
- Appreciation of the flexible, spontaneous nature of public events!
Full event plus set up and wrap up Two events per year
Education Assistant - Provide support to Educators during classes, activities
- Assist with family programs, summer camp, or birthday parties
- Enthusiasm for working with children & families
- Appreciation for hands-on, creative activities
- Interest in formal and informal education practices
- Comfort supporting Educators and taking directions as needed
Schedule varies depending on programming 50+ hours annually
Expedition Leader - Facilitate inquiry-based explorations of the zoo with groups and families
- Ask questions and facilitates lively discussions in response to student interests
- Support in-park activities when tours aren't scheduled
- Passion for engaging children in observation and critical thinking
- Excellent listener with strong interest in experimentation and inquiry
- Group management abilities and comfort working with all ages
- Commitment to learn and teach curriculum in response to feedback
Half day mornings One shift per week
WCS Now Interpreter - Facilitate interactive conservation-based activities at specific locations in the park
- Assist with campaign-related petitions and crafts
- Use activities to engage visitors of all ages
- Strong improvisation skills with a flair for the theatrical
- Outgoing and approachable
- Eager to learn and try new things
- Commitment to sharing the WCS mission and message
Half or full day 3-4 shifts per month

There are exciting new changes happening with our volunteer program! We are currently not accepting volunteer applications, but please continue to check back for additional information about our volunteer opportunities. You can also email us at qzvolunteers@wcs.org.

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