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Zoo Ambassador

 

The Zoo Ambassador Program provides a volunteer opportunity for young people who are interested in animals. Learning about exotic and indigenous species, their care, and the maintenance and management of a professional Zoo.

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Ambassadors will mainly be responsible for education of the public including conducting hands on animal presentations, running interactive stations and creating interpretive elements. All of these elements will greatly enhance the overall guest experience. They may also help with daily animal husbandry including; feeding, animal enrichment, cleaning exhibits and grounds, and tend a vegetable garden.

zoo-ambassador-01.pngThe goals of the Zoo Ambassador Program are to provide an enjoyable and educational experience for participants, to nurture an appreciation for the natural world, to build an understanding of animals' needs in the wild, and to encourage community involvement.

Qualifications:

  • 14 to 17 years of age
  • Ability to follow a daily work routine and to follow safe working practices
  • An ability and willingness to speak with the general public and to give accurate information about the animals and the Zoo
  • Must follow all Zoo rules and regulations

Orientation

A new Zoo Ambassador Orientation is scheduled on a weekend in June to familiarize Ambassadors with the program. Ambassadors work approximately two days, half days, a week and are supervised by the Director of Education and Zoo Ambassador Coordinator. The animal areas open to Ambassadors are determined by the safety and security needs of the area, as well as the ability of the staff to supervise on that particular day.

Application Process

Applications are accepted January 1st to March 1st for the following summer. Late applications will not be accepted. Please be aware that this program does not work on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Education Office at (413) 733-2251 ext. 305 or email us for more information.


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