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Philadelphia Zoo offers volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups ranging in abilities and in age from 14 to 90+ years old. Most of the Zoo’s approximately 500 volunteers support our education programs in an on-going basis, teaching Zoo visitors about animals and conservation projects. Additionally, volunteers provide office assistance and professional services. One-time opportunities are offered depending upon seasonal programming. Further, the Zoo utilizes over 175 interns each year, providing individuals with valuable career experience in a variety of fields including animal care, education and business administration.
Still have questions? Be sure to visit the Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact the Volunteer Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-243-5200.
To look for paid job opportunities within Philadelphia Zoo, check our Job Opportunities section.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted September 1 – March 31
COMMITMENT: Attend a minimum of 4 meetings per year
REQUIRED SKILLS: Digital photography, internet
OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Annual dues, Zoo membership, successful completion of required background checks
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Our Camera Club is for adult Zoo members with an interest in photography; members range from amateurs to professionals, there is no required level or skill or equipment. The club meets on a regular basis to share their photos and develop their techniques. Additionally, there are regularly scheduled photo shoots in the Zoo for active club members that often include early access to exhibits that you may not have otherwise. Members contribute their photos to the Zoo for us to use in our marketing materials including print materials, signage and social media. In addition, members serve a vital role in documenting zoo activities, such as special visits and events.
Applications are accepted online only for programs currently recruiting new volunteers. Upon receipt of the application, qualified applicants will be contacted via email with further instructions regarding the interview process for that program.
Please refer to the following recruitment calendar:
AFZ Camera Club
September 1– March 31
May 1 – September 1 (new training classes begin in early fall)
January 1 – May 15
Unless stated otherwise, we do not have application deadlines.
Teen applicants can download the “Teen Recommendation Form” here.
* NOTE: Zoo CREW has a separate application process. Click here for more details.
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