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.
Education Volunteers typically participate in the following activities:
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 (75 hours per year).
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, exhibits and events.
The Junior Education Mentor program is designed to offer responsible, highly motivated individuals an opportunity to gain supervisory experience under the direct supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator. Junior Education Mentors must have completed at least one full year as a Junior Education Volunteer. In addition, individuals must show a willingness to exceed expectations in all aspects of Junior Education Volunteer duties, including, but not limited to: interaction with the public, public speaking, promptness, involvement in research, and other duties assigned by supervisors.