Become a Zoo Volunteer!
The Erie Zoo welcomes caring and enthusiastic individuals that wish to share their passion for animals and conservation.
Volunteers play an important role in supporting the Erie Zoo’s mission by positively engaging guests, inspiring their connection with animals and plants and motivating them to conservation actions.
Our Adult Volunteer Program is for individuals ages 18 and older with the ability to pass a background check, commit to 40 yearly hours or more, and happily interact with our guests at the Zoo. We do not accept individuals seeking court-ordered service hours, and at this time we cannot accept international applicants.
Our Teen Volunteer Program (EdZooCrew) is for all individuals ages 14 to 17 years old, who are mature and responsible, with the ability to commit to 40 yearly hours or more, and comfortably interact with our guests. We do not accept individuals seeking court-ordered service hours.
· Make a difference for wildlife and conservation
· Meet like-minded volunteers and make new friends
· Flexible schedule
· Receive a sense of satisfaction and pride in the experience you help create for others
· Opportunities to participate in continuing education programs at the zoo
· Build leadership skills
· Opportunities to gain valuable customer service and public communication skills
· Earn school community service hours
· Gain volunteer experience and build your college resume
· Free family zoo membership after 100 hours of volunteer service in one calendar year
· Receive a discount on food and retail items at the Erie Zoo
· Free bi-monthly volunteer newsletter
· Recognition for your service
EdZooCrew Teen Volunteer Program (ages 14-17)
Apply Year round. Turn in completed Teen Volunteer Application.
EdZooCrew training is offered once a month March- June. You must attend a training session prior to volunteering.
EdZooCrew Volunteers assist in Children’s Zoo with animal encounter yards, face painting, and crafts. They also assist with special events, classes, camps, birthday parties, activities, educational booths and more.
General Adult Volunteer Program (ages 18 & older)
Apply Year round. Turn in completed Adult Volunteer Application.
General Adult Volunteer training is offered as needed. You must attend a training session and completed Background checks prior to volunteering. Depending on volunteer assignment you are interested in may require additional training.
Adult can assist with special events, classes, camps, birthday parties, gardens, animal diets preparation, administrative duties, ice guard (must be age 21 and older to be an ice guard),Children’s Zoo, and more.
Docent Program (ages 18 &older)
Must already be a General Adult Volunteer before eligible to become a Docent.
Docents must complete an additional 24 hours of training over an 8 week period held in February-April.
Docents can conduct tours; interpret exhibits for guests, assist with special events, classes, camps, parties, outreach programs, animal enrichment, animal observations, and so much more!
Docents can also become education animal handling trained which requires additional training.
For questions about volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 814-864-4091 extension 262
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Erie Zoo!