Mission Statement

Zoo New England's mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world for future generations by creating fun and engaging experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research, and education.

Wild Bunch Volunteers: Ages 14 and up

Location: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

Wild Bunch volunteers are needed to assist with special events throughout the year. Volunteers help set up events, staff activity stations for guests of all ages, and help with event break down.

  • Available during Summer and Winter Seasons.

Zoo Ambassador Volunteers: Ages 16 and up

Location: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

This volunteer opportunity is for motivated, independent, gregarious individuals that enjoy answering questions, interacting with guests, and have a passion for animals and conservation. Zoo Ambassadors are trained in educational and guest relations techniques. They assist with admissions, guest services and education.

  • Available in both the Summer and Winter Seasons.
  • Zoo Ambassadors must complete at least one, three-hour shift per week between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • When the Zoo Ambassador completes 60 hours of volunteering he/she is eligible to apply to be a Keeper Aide or Education volunteer.

Petting Zoo Aide: Ages 16 and up

Location: Stone Zoo

Petting Zoo Aide volunteers provide quality care to the animals that reside in the Petting Zoo. Additionally, volunteers monitor guest interaction with Petting Zoo inhabitants and enforce Zoo polices to keep everyone safe.

  • Only available during Summer Season.
  • Petting Zoo Aides must complete one, two-hour shift per week between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Education Volunteer/The Naturalist: Ages 16 and up

Location: Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo

Education volunteers encourage the public to think and learn about animals, habitats and conservation by helping them understand exhibits, enrichment and animal behaviors in an engaging way. They involve the public with educational tools and kits.

  • Available after completion of 60 hours as a Zoo Ambassador.
  • Education volunteers must complete at least one, three-hour shift per week between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Volunteers are important members of the Zoo New England team, helping in many ways including exhibit interpretation, event support, animal care assistance, and much more. Opportunities are available for two different seasons, and applications for a specific season must be received by the deadline below.

Applicants will interview with the Volunteer department and may be required to conduct a second interview in the department they're applying for.

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