Education volunteers provide guests and groups outside the Zoo with information and experiences concerning animals and conservation. Education Volunteers work closely with Elmwood Park Zoo’s Education Department to conduct presentations, programs, and special events.
Preparation of educational materials
Program research and support
Live animal shows
Staffing the Exploration Zone
Education Volunteer candidates must be 18 years or older and have a love for animals and an enthusiasm for teaching. Education Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of one year of service.
Junior Education Volunteers
The Junior Education Volunteer program is a leadership and career development program for young people, ages 14 to 17, who are interested in pursuing careers in animal husbandry, veterinary science, zoological management, education, or other related field.
Junior Education Volunteers participate in many of the same activities available in the adult program. During the summer months, Junior Education Volunteers are also called upon to assist with day camps, pony rides, exhibits and events.
Education Volunteer Benefits
Education Volunteers and Junior Education Volunteers make a substantial commitment to the Zoo, and they receive a number of exclusive benefits in return:
20% discount in the Nature Shop
10% discount in the Cougar Café and Petrucci's Ice Cream Parlor
50% off an individual Zoo membership or equal dollar amount discount from a
Invitation to the annual Volunteer Banquet
Invitation to attend annual Volunteer Field Trip to another major zoo
Invitation for Junior Education Volunteers to attend annual overnight campout
at the zoo
Opportunity to represent Elmwood Park Zoo at the National AZAD (Association
of Zoo and Aquarium Docents) Convention