Animal Care Volunteer/Intern

Volunteer Programs

We are currently accepting applications for animal care volunteers and interns. If you are interested in volunteering with the zoo, please follow the appropriate instructions for each position.

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.
  • Be physically fit – must be able to lift 50lbs and be on feet for long periods.
  • Commitment of a minimum of 240 hours per semester. This can be accomplished in one of three ways:
    • 6 weeks – 40 hours/wk
    • 10 weeks – 24 hours/wk
    • 15 weeks – 16 hours/wk
Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Application Due May 1 November 15 March 1
Orientation Date September 7 January 5 May 18
Internship Start Date September 8 January 8 May 20
Internship End Date December 15 May 4th August 24

To apply to be an Animal Care Intern:


The Buttonwood Park Zoological Society is now a Certified Service Enterprise. Certified Service Enterprises join the top 11% of organizations in volunteer management and organizational performance. This means we are better equipped to align your passions and skills with meaningful volunteer positions that have an impact!

For more information, please contact Heather Potter at (508) 991-4556 ext.117 or hpotter@bpzoo.org