Volunteer/Intern

Volunteer Programs

We are currently accepting applications for animal care volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with the zoo, please complete the Buttonwood Park Zoo Volunteer Application and call (508) 991-6178.

Animal Care Volunteer

Volunteer at the outdoor shore bird exhibit. Animal Care Volunteers work with animal caretakers in their areas assisting in the daily cleaning and disinfecting, diet preparation and distribution, enrichment activities, data collection, and exhibit maintenance. Please note that direct animal contact is limited and is at the discretion of the Zoo Keeper.

Qualifications:

  • Serious interest in all animals and their behavior & habits, husbandry, enrichment, training, and conservation.
  • Volunteers must be at least 17 years old.
  • Be physically fit – must be able to lift 50lbs and be on feet for long periods
  • Commitment of at least 4 hours a week for 6 months

To apply to be an Animal Care Volunteer:

Animal Care Intern – Unpaid

Animal Care Volunteer at the Harbor Seal Exhibit Animal Care Interns work with animal caretakers in their areas assisting in the daily cleaning and disinfecting, diet preparation and distribution, enrichment activities, data collection, and exhibit maintenance. In addition, all interns are required to complete and present a project to the staff and attend at least one on-site seminar during their intern term. Project topics may include enrichment studies, animal training, animal behavior/ethograms, etc. Topics must be approved by Zoo Staff. Please note that direct animal contact is limited and is at the discretion of the Zoo Keeper.

Qualifications:

  • Serious interest in all animals and their behavior & habits, husbandry, enrichment, training, and conservation.
  •  Internships are available to undergraduate students, graduate students, and career changers who are pursuing careers in an animal related field. Undergraduates must be at least entering their junior year in college.
  • Be physically fit – must be able to lift 50lbs and be on feet for long periods.
  • Commitment of a minimum of 2-3 full days(8hours) or 3-4 half days(4hours) per term. More hours are available if needed to meet a school’s intern criteria.

Fall Term: September-December → Application Deadline is July 10
Spring Term: February- May → Application Deadline is December 10
Summer Term: June-August → Application Deadline is May 10

To apply to be an Animal Care Intern:

 

Seasonal Zoo Crew Assistant Position – unpaid intern

If you are pursuing a college degree or are a recent graduate and love working with children, we have internships available with our summer Zoo Crew program! Interns will have the opportunity to get their feet wet in environmental and conservation education by utilizing the zoo as an active, living classroom. Interns are primarily responsible for greeting participants and families, supervising participants, completing administrative tasks, and substitute teaching where needed. This position requires interns to work in all weather conditions. Internships are unpaid and require 40 hours per week with a 7 week commitment beginning July 7th and ending August 22nd.

QUALIFICATIONS

- Must work in full day increments
- 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
- Attendance at training required.
- Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree in Education, Zoology, Biology, or related field required. Career changers also welcome. Strong interest and/or background in science or education required.
- One year experience working with children desired.
- This position requires considerable flexibility and patience. Candidates must also be able to work well both independently and cooperatively in a positive, team-oriented environment.
- Successful candidates must pass a background check and TB test.
-CPR and First Aid certification is preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES

- Assist with preparation and break-down of facilities and materials used in camp programs
- Assist Zoo staff members with administrative responsibilities pertaining to Camps including but not limited to participant check-in, cleaning and organizing camp supplies.
- Assist instructors with the implementation of summer programs including but not limited to leading Zoo Crew groups on Zoo grounds, assisting with and/or teaching portions of camp curriculum.

To apply please send your resume to:

Buttonwood Park Zoo
Attn: Jen Collier
425 Hawthorn St.
New Bedford, MA 02740