North Carolina Zoo Seeking Volunteers
Volunteers have served nearly 713,000 hours since the program was conceived in 1983.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Zoo
The North Carolina Zoo recently announced that it is seeking volunteers for the 2018 season.
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the North Carolina Zoo,” says Toy Lambeth, volunteer services coordinator. “They’re considered our front line, and their passion and dedication make them among our most valuable resources. They bring light and life to our many wonderful programs, projects and events as well as the daily activity within the park.”
Volunteers have served nearly 713,000 hours since the program was conceived in 1983 — the inaugural year’s docents numbered about 15. In the ensuing years the program has expanded to include volunteers in education, horticulture, visitor services and special events, as well as caring for wildlife at the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
“There are many benefits to volunteering at the zoo, including training, zoo discounts, behind-the-scenes tours, meeting others who share a similar passion and earning valuable service hours for college scholarship/service-based clubs or just gaining job experience,” Lambeth says.
Youth who are interested may volunteer independently at the age of 16 with parental consent and at the age of 12 with a volunteer parent or legal guardian. Regardless of age, volunteers are asked to work a minimum of twice per month March through October, although some positions are year round. Orientation for new volunteers begins in late January and continues monthly through May.
“If you’re looking for fun, creative and rewarding ways to give back to our community, volunteering at the zoo might be for you,” Lambeth says. “To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the North Carolina Zoo and to be notified of training dates, please visit nczoo.org/volunteer and complete an online application.”
Source: North Carolina Zoo