Conservation Stewards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 summer season.


Conservation Stewards provide interpretation and support for the Zoo’s Conservation & Education Department between April 15 and October 31. During all activities, Conservation Stewards will be sharing the Zoo’s message about conservation including using deforestation free palm oil and energy reduction. Successful volunteers will engage guests at the action step stations. These stations could include helping with crafts, assisting a mini-lesson or teaching children about an action they can do at home to help save wildlife.  Conservation Stewards may work alone or be paired with education staff and volunteers. Adults and teens over the age of 14 are welcome to apply.
 
SCREENING AND TRAINING:
  • APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED MARCH 1 – MAY 15. All applicants must complete an online Volunteer Application and register to attend the appropriate information sessions. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be considered for the program. Information Sessions will be held on the following dates:
    • April 5, 2014: For teens who want to start volunteering before the end of the school year
    • May 22, 2014: For teens who want to start volunteering after the end of the school year
    • June 12, 2014: For adults (18 and older, no longer in high school)
  • Teens must also bring a copy of their last report card and two letters of recommendation from adults not related to them (recommenders may use the Teen Recommendation Form) to the information session. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the information session as well.
  • Applicants selected for the program will be invited to attend an orientation. Participation in an orientation is required before beginning volunteer service. Orientations will be held on April 12, May 31 and June 21.
COMMITMENT:
  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum of six shifts. 
  • Shifts are 9am – 1:30pm or 1pm – 5:30pm, any day of the week. Scheduling is flexible.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • Submit a cleared PA State Criminal Background Check and a cleared PA Child Abuse History Clearance. Volunteers aged 18 and older whose permanent residence is not in Pennsylvania will be asked to complete an FBI clearance.
  • Communicate effectively with guests, including large crowds and individuals, of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
  • Learn interpretive material quickly.
  • Volunteer outside for extended periods of time during all types of weather conditions.
  • No allergies related to plants or animals that would interfere with the ability to volunteer.
  • Follow all Zoo policies as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook.
  • Education staff has the discretion to dismiss volunteers who do not successfully complete their assignment.
BENEFITS:
  • Volunteer t-shirt and ID badge which entitle the volunteer to free admission and parking.
  • 30% discount at concession stands and on most purchases at the ZooShop.
  • Invitation to volunteer events.
  • 6 Zoo passes upon fulfillment of their commitment.
  • Qualified volunteers may be invited to join other volunteer programs upon fulfilling the service commitment.