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Volunteer FAQs

Group Volunteer FAQ

What’s the process for bringing a group/organization to volunteer?

Please fill out the application.  Our staff will respond within two weeks.

How many volunteers can you host?

We can host up to 50 people at Franklin Park Zoo and up to 40 at Stone Zoo.

Is there a fee?

There is NO fee to volunteer at Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo, but as a non-profit, any and all donations – monetary or in-kind – are accepted with tremendous gratitude. Visit our Wishlist for more ways to help.

Do we need to bring supplies?

You don’t. We provide the tools necessary for your scheduled project. Donations of rakes, shovels and work gloves are always appreciated.

Is there a place to buy lunch on Zoo grounds?

We have on-site concessions stands at both Zoos. We can also cater your lunch, which could include items ranging from sandwiches to a barbeque. Please inquire for menus and fees. Volunteers are welcome to bring/order lunch if preferred.

What should I wear/ bring?

As the majority of our projects are outside, please be prepared to work in all weather conditions. Dress in layers and wear clothing that’s appropriate for painting, gardening, cleaning, etc. It is suggested that volunteers wear sunscreen, hat, bug spray, comfortable shoes, and bring a water bottle.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Your day of service helps us thrive! In addition, it serves as a team builder for your organization or corporation. Upon completion of your project, all volunteers are welcome to walk around and enjoy the Zoo. We offer a special membership to individuals who have volunteered with a group.

What other volunteer options are available?

We also accept individual volunteers within each of our departments on a weekly basis. The departments are Animal Care, Education, Horticulture and Facilities. We also have a Wild Bunch group that assists us at special events and fundraisers.

What else can I do to help?

We invite you to donate, become members and join us for our special events and fundraisers. Visit our Wishlist!

 

Individual Volunteer FAQ

How do I become a Zoo New England volunteer?

To become a Zoo New England volunteer you must complete and submit the online application. Please read about each of the positions and their individual requirements. Applicants who submit a complete application will be contacted within two weeks. Candidates who meet the requirements of the position they’ve applied for will be contacted to schedule an interview. Candidates who are interviewed and approved for a position must complete a mandatory orientation before beginning.

When will I hear back after submitting my application?

We receive many applications regularly. Please allow up to two weeks for your application to be processed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

What are the requirements to volunteer?

Each volunteer position has specific individual requirements. Requirements for all positions are as follows:

  • Completion of application and interview process
  • Completion of orientation with all mandatory paperwork signed
  • Four month minimum commitment
  • Regular attendance at weekly pre-assigned shift (Specific to each position)
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis test result within seven months of start date
  • Adherence to all Zoo policies and procedures

How many hours do I have to commit to in order to volunteer?

Each volunteer position has specific individual hourly requirements.

Am I allowed to touch or interact with the animals when I volunteer?

Volunteers do not have any direct contact with any of the animals, with the exception of the Petting Zoo animals and volunteers trained to handle the Education program animals.

Can I volunteer with friends for a local group or co-workers?

Yes! Group volunteer opportunities are available.

Can volunteering at the Zoo lead to a paid position?

Yes, volunteering at the Zoo can lead to paid position, however, volunteering does not ensure future employment.

Why do I need to become a Volunteer Member?

The fee helps to offset the cost of your tee shirt, nametag, materials, training, and processing.