1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, Ma 02121
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Our mission 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.

Zoo New England

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Group Volunteers

Looking for a great team-building opportunity? Want to show your support for a community organization with an important mission? Group volunteering offers fulfilling opportunities for community groups and businesses to express their support of Zoo New England's mission. Projects include helping with special events, grounds keeping and special projects. Groups are also encouraged to share their special talents.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Jr. Zoo Teen

The Jr. ZooTeen program is a creative and meaningful educational opportunity for highly-motivated youth ages 11 to 14. This program offers both a hands-on learning atmosphere as well as several mentoring relationships with senior staff members.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Zoo Ambassador

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. Zoo Ambassadors must be 16+.

Commissary Volunteer

Assists Commissary staff in daily routine and provides quality, professional support to the staff as needed in diet preparation for Zoo animals. Commissary volunteers must be 18+

Keeper Aide

Keeper Aide volunteers assist the Animal Care department behind-the-scenes to help provide for the health, safety, care and enrichment of our diverse animal collection. Keeper Aide volunteers must be 18+. There is limited availability for volunteers who are 16+ at the Franklin Park Zoo’s Children’s Zoo area.

Education Volunteer/The Naturalist

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. Education volunteers must be 16+.

Wild Bunch

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. Wild Bunch volunteers must be 14+.

Petting Zoo Aide

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. Petting Zoo volunteers must be 16+.

Gardener

Gardener volunteers assist in the preparation, installation and maintenance of Zoo New England park grounds. Gardener volunteers must be 18+.
How you help 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.
About us At Zoo New England, we live what we love. If you’re enthusiastic, driven and have a passion for the natural world, consider joining our team! We’re dedicated to creating engaging experiences that inspire others to respect nature and love wildlife as much as we do. If it’s an employment, internship or volunteer opportunity you’re looking for, we invite you to put your passion to work at Zoo New England!
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