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Volunteer Opportunities

Zookeeper Assistant
Education
Special Events
Gift Shop
Zoo Office
Horticultural

Zookeeper Assistant

Volunteers are assigned to assist a zookeeper in one area, but may work in other areas if the need arises. The minimum volunteer commitment is four (4) hours per week during the school year and eight (8) hours per week during the summer. Preferably volunteers will start their work day at 8am, when the bulk of the daily work is carried out. Special circumstances can be taken into account upon request to the General Curator.

Volunteers will be assigned based on the interests of the volunteer and the needs of the Zoo.

The General Curator will work with individual volunteers to work out a schedule that takes into account the needs of the individual and the needs of the Greenville Zoo. Volunteers will be expected to work as scheduled; be on time; dressed appropriately; and follow all procedural and safety rules as dictated by the Greenville Zoo.

Volunteers will be allowed to work at the discretion of the supervisory staff and informed of any problems that may arise. If problems cannot be resolved, a volunteer will be informed that their service is no longer needed.

Required Knowledge and Skills: Volunteers may be as young as sixteen (16), but preference is given to college level students with an interest in the biological sciences; Volunteers must possess good physical strength and endurance; Must be able to follow written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, and foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to the work; Must be willing to work weekends, holidays, and occasional after-hours assignments as needed. If accepted as a volunteer, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the last year, and an current Tetanus vaccination.

Volunteers will be responsible for logging their own hours. Volunteer hours will be logged daily in the Volunteer Log located in the staff break room.

Process for Volunteering
To apply as a volunteer, download the volunteer application. Volunteers will be interviewed by the General Curator and/or assigned staff member(s) based on their interests. Once approved, the volunteer will work out a schedule and begin their work with the Greenville Zoo staff.

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Education Department Volunteers

SATURDAY PROGRAMS - Morning and afternoon sessions are held most Saturdays during fall, winter, and spring. Volunteers are needed for Zoo Tots (ages 2-3) and Saturday Safaris (ages 4-9). Volunteers will help children make crafts, play games, assist with animals, and accompany children on adventures in the zoo. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

SCHOOL & HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS - These classes, designed for grades K-12, occur on weekdays during the school year. Help engage young minds with the world of animals in formal classes. Assist staff with props, biofacts, and live animals in teaching an appreciation of the natural world and the value of conservation. They help with artifacts, materials, and animals. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

ZOO CAMP - Morning and afternoon sessions are held from June through mid August. Volunteers assist with crafts, games, and animals as the campers explore the animal world at our zoo. Visit with staff behind-the-scenes to show how a modern zoo works. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

DOCENTS - Year round. Docents interact with visitors to answer questions regarding animals. May also help zookeepers with special projects such as behavioral observation of animals. Docents must be 18 years or older.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

Volunteers may be as young as fourteen (14); Volunteers must possess good endurance; must be able to follow both written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to work environment. If accepted as a volunteer, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the last year and a current Tetanus vaccination.

Docents may be as young as eighteen (18); Docents must possess good endurance; must feel comfortable communicating with public in group setting and one on one; must be able to follow both written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to work environment. If accepted as a docent, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the last year and a current Tetanus vaccination.

Process for Volunteering
To apply as a volunteer, fill out the volunteer application. Volunteers and Docents will be scheduled for and interviewed by the Education Department once we receive the application. Once approved, the volunteer/docent will be assigned a training date. Fees do apply for volunteers and docent training. The education volunteer application deadline is May 3, 2014; training will be on May 31.

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Special Event Volunteers

Special Event Volunteers will be involved with various jobs and activities essential to supporting the success of special events. Duties may include, but not be limited to, meeting and directing the general public, setting up for events, cleaning after events, and other activities designated by the zoo staff.

Special Event Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and posses good customer service skills, the ability to follow directions in a fast paced, changing environment and a willingness to work. A Volunteer Service Agreement must be signed prior to volunteering.

Volunteer Application.

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Gift and Concession Stand Volunteers

Volunteers are needed all days. The greatest need is weekends year round from 9:30 until 5 on Saturdays and 1 until 5 on Sundays as well as weekday mornings (9:30-1pm) during April and May. Assist staff with the operation of the snack bar and the gift shop by helping customers, operating registers, stocking merchandise, preparing and serving snacks and drinks.

Minimum commitment is four hours per day and eight hours per week. Qualifications:  Must be age 15 or older, demonstrate a sense of responsibility, and have the ability to deal with zoo visitors.

Process for Volunteering
To apply as a volunteer, download the volunteer application.

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Zoo Office and Administration Volunteers

Primarily on weekdays (hours are flexible) and a few evenings and weekends. Assist office staff and administration with telephone inquiries, mailings, clerical functions, preparation of newsletter, brochures, and fliers. Minimum commitment is four hours per day and eight hours per week.

Qualifications: Adults only. Must demonstrate a sense of responsibility, and have the the ability to deal with wide variety of assignments and people. Some computer skills desirable.

Current Status: Volunteers are needed year round.

Process for Volunteering
To apply as a volunteer, download the volunteer application.

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Horticultural Volunteers

Assist in the maintenance of the zoo's extensive collection of live plants. Includes planting, pruning, and all forms of plant maintenance. Minimum commitment is four hours per day and eight hours per week.

Qualifications: Must be age 16 or older, demonstrate a sense of responsibility, and have an interest in and some experience with plants.

Process for Volunteering
To apply as a volunteer, download the volunteer application.

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