Engage. Educate. Inspire.
Our volunteer specialties offer something for everyone:
Expedition leaders lead inquiry-based tours around the zoo for school groups and families. These outgoing volunteers are passionate about talking about wildlife and our work protecting wild places around the world (One shift a week, 9:30am-1:30pm)
WCS Interpreters are the face of the Wildlife Conservation Society. These volunteers engage the public in informational dialogue and activities at our various exhibits around the zoo (Three, 4-hour shifts a month)
Welcome visitors as they start their adventure around the zoo. Ambassadors play a key role in providing background information about the organization and directing people around the zoo. Ambassadors are the first face people see, so if you’re eager to greet people this role is for you. (2-4 hour shifts a month - Monday and Tuesday Only)
Do you like connecting young people with nature and teaching them about the world around us? Education assistants help with a variety of fun interactive programming including summer camp, education classes, events sleepovers and more. (2 - 4 hours shifts a month minimum. Or a week of summer camp).
Special Events Support
The Queens Zoo hosts fun and engaging events year-round! Event Volunteers support staff with games, crafts, animal demonstrations, interactive booths and a myriad of other essential duties especially designed for each event.
“From this program I have learned...to communicate in better ways with groups of people as well kids. This program for me was like an escape, every day was exciting and I got to engage with new visitors. Every time I teach someone something new at the zoo, I feel a sense of pride.”
Discovery Guide Volunteer