Education Volunteers


Education Volunteers help to teach our guests about the Zoo’s animals and our conservation efforts, as well as facilitate play experiences at designated areas of the Zoo. Must be enthusiastic, willing to learn, and willing to foster a safe and positive environment for our visitors. Education Volunteers commit to 80 hours/year and 12 hours of training that starts in March 2016. Click here for Education Volunteer Application and Job Description .





zoo crew picPosition: Summer Education Intern
Reports to: ZooCrew Director
Pay: Unpaid internship. Opportunities may be available to receive school credit. No housing provided.
Commitment: Education Interns will work Monday – Friday 8:30a – 4:30p; July 6 – August 19. This includes orientation and training.
Deadline: This is a rolling hiring process with decisions being made by June 10, 2016

The Summer Education Interns will work with our ZooCrew participants between the ages of 5 – 10 years for one week sessions. Responsible for delivering daily program that includes zoo tours, crafts, animal presentations, games, and recreation. Lessons include the topics of ecology, zoology, conservation, biology, and life sciences.


  • Build a good rapport with campers and parents
  • Ensure the safety of all program participants; including potential emergency situations that arise
  • Help facilitate fun, engaging summer programs to a wide range of ages that may include games, hands-on activities, crafts, tours of the zoo, and animal encounters
  • Set up and break down classroom for programming
  • Work with the Counselors-in-Training (CITs); volunteers 13 – 17 year old
  • Provide excellent customer service and represent the Zoo professionally
  • Communicate effectively with parents, ZooCrew counselors and other Zoo staff


  • Must be responsible, dependable, creative, flexible, and enthusiastic
  • 18+ years old
  • Previous camp experience a plus
  • Experience working with children ages 5 – 10
  • Customer service experience
  • An appreciation for inquiry-based, conservation education and a clear understanding of the mission of Buttonwood Park Zoo
  • General knowledge of life sciences and conservation issues
  • Ability to adapt and think on your feet
  • Ability to work independently, and with co-facilitator
  • Strong communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • First Aid/CPR certified (or willing to become certified)
  • Able to work outside in varying conditions
  • Successful candidates must pass background check and TB test

Please send a resume and cover letter to:
Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
ATTN: Carrie Hawthorne
425 Hawthorn St.
New Bedford, MA 02740
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Education Intern Posting 2016