Volunteer in just one area or all of them, it is entirely up to you. There is no time commitment required, simply volunteer however much you can when you have time!

Besides knowing that you are helping to support the zoo and the local community by volunteering, here are some other benefits you get from volunteering at the zoo!

  • 10% discount on zoo merchandise
  • Chances to go behind the scenes
  • Free family membership after 100 hours of volunteering every year
  • Opportunities to meet other community members
  • More opportunities to visit the zoo!

To become a Binghamton Zoo volunteer, apply online below:

Adult Volunteer Application  Jr. Docent Application

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities or how you can help the zoo, call the Education Department at 607-724-5461 ext. 235 or email mgrippin@rossparkzoo.com .

We typically have two Volunteer Open Houses that are scheduled for spring and fall. Check out our Facebook or Twitter pages for announcements on specific dates! These are informal meetings to explain what volunteering at the Binghamton Zoo is all about. Join us for an information session where you can learn all of the different volunteering opportunities that we currently have to offer! An animal from our education collection will also be on hand to greet potential volunteers.

Education Volunteers

Docents (18 years or older)

Onsite Programs (April - November)
  • Guiding tours through the zoo
  • Artifact carts - teaching the public about things like endangered species, birds of prey, and domestic animals
  • Face painting
  • Enticing the public to join our "Eat a Bug" club
  • Doing "spotlights" with live animals to teach about a specific species

Offsite Programs (year round)
  • Taking animals from our education collection and bringing them on ZooMobiles to present at events, such as: community events, private parties, schools, and other organizations
  • Becoming an offsite volunteer requires extensive training in animal handling onsite prior to going offsite

After applying, interested Education Volunteers will be invited in for an interview followed by required volunteer training.

Jr. Docent Program (14 - 17 years old, June - August)

  • Onsite education programs for teens interested in biology, conservation, and educating the public
  • Programs include:
  • Artifact carts - teaching the public about things like endangered species, birds of prey, and domestic animals
  • Leading educational activities
  • For more experienced Jr. Docents, doing "spotlights" with live animals to teach the public about a specific species
  • Please note: Jr. Docents are required to send a letter of interest and two letters of recommendation. A $20.00 registration fee needs to be paid at the start of the program which covers the cost of a t-shirt, education binder, and name tag.

There are two sessions for education volunteer training in both the fall and spring. Each of these sessions will be two days in length. Education volunteers are required to complete 50 hours of service to the zoo before docent training and animal handling.

Special Events Volunteers

  • The Binghamton Zoo takes part in and hosts multiple special events each year from the St. Patrick's Day Parade to Boo at the Zoo
  • Volunteers interested in helping with special events do everything from setting up behind the scenes to leading activities for the public and even preparing meals

Gardening Volunteers

  • The Binghamton Zoo's grounds are kept beautiful and healthy largely due to the efforts of the volunteers who care for and improve our site's gardens
  • Gardening volunteers water and weed the gardens, plant and mulch the beds, and plan new ways to keep the zoo beautiful

Maintenance Volunteers

  • Volunteers involved with maintenance projects help with the construction of new exhibits and site facilities, as well as general upkeep such as lawn care and snow removal
  • All skill levels are welcome and appreciated

**Volunteers involved in special events, gardening, and maintenance under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian**