The Staten Island Zoo is extremely committed to our internship programs. Our goal is to provide great learning experiences for interns while continuing an exceptionally high level of care for our zoo animals.

Commitment to high quality work is always rewarded with opportunity. Interns are expected to work hard, but also to enjoy their time here as much as possible.
While unpaid, internships at the Zoo are of great value as educational experiences. With a close staff to intern ratio, interns are a part of the zoo family. During their time at the Zoo, interns gain hands-on, practical work experience.

Interns must be available two days a week*. Internship opportunities range in length from 3 months to one year, and have a minimum requirement of at least 3 months. Internship start dates are generally at the beginning of the following months: January, June, and September.


APPLICATIONS (Accepted Year Round) – however there are 3 acceptance dates:
May – Spring Volunteer Recruitment Day (May of 2020- TBD)
September – Fall Volunteer Recruitment Day (September 8 from 11am – 2pm)
Sept. 1 through Nov. 1 – Jr. Docent & Docent applications are accepted. The class lasts 10 weeks and will be held on Sundays starting in February and ending in May.

For some volunteering programs please visit the website:  


To Apply, please review the internship opportunities below and then apply using this form.

Staten Island Zoo Volunteer Coordinator
614 Broadway St.Staten Island, NY 10310

Bideawee Volunteers

Bideawee volunteers are an essential part of our organization: they walk dogs, socialize cats, attend events, help with administrative tasks and participate in our pet-therapy programs. Each year Bideawee volunteers devote more than 13,500 hours of their time to the care and well-being of our animals.

Volunteer with Pest, Volunteer at Events, Volunteer with Administration

Manhattan location: 410 East 38th Street (between 1st Ave & the FDR)
For more information and to download a volunteer application, visit

The River Project’s Marine Biology Internship Program

Interns in the Marine Biology Internship Program (MBIP) participate in research projects conducted by The River Project and its partners and are assigned to a variety of projects depending on their interests and skill level. Interns help catch and maintain the organisms housed in the 3,500-gallon flow-through aquarium system and learn a variety of skills including water quality testing, organism identification, behavioral observations, and other important lab and field skills. Interns will also participate in environmental education, teaching what they have learned. Interns plan and host a Wetlab Look-in centered on a Hudson River Estuary topic of their choice.

A more lab-based internship is offered to experienced undergraduate students with an interest in environmental science and water quality. They help with the Citizen’s Water Quality Testing Program and learn how to take water samples for bacterial assessment and learn lab techniques for bacterial culturing using the industry-standard kit and protocol from IDEXX. This program runs for 20 weeks from May to October. Interns must be available Thursdays and Fridays for sample processing and analysis.

For inquiries, please send your résumé/CV and cover letter to Siddhartha Hayes at

For details, visit:

Zoo Volunteers: Central Park, Prospect Park, Bronx & Queens Zoo

As a docent with the Friends of the Zoo, you’ll help out the Education Department by leading schoolchildren and other groups on guided tours of exhibits and assisting in our environmental education programs. As a volunteer ambassador, you’ll work with the Guest Relations Department to help provide the best possible guest experience to our zoo visitors.

Become a Wildlife Guide at one of the nation’s greatest institutions. You’ll assist the Education Department at the Central Park Zoo in engaging in inquiry-based discussions with zoo visitors, interacting with guests at the information cart, offering administrative support, leading tours, reading to children during our story time activities, and participating in a variety of events and educational programs.

As an Aquarium volunteer you will help staff exhibits; assist keepers with animal care, training, and exhibit maintenance; teach visitors about marine conservation; or work at events and education programs. We offer three volunteer programs with unique responsibilities.

For additional information and deadlines, visit:

As a Discovery Guide, you’ll answer questions about animals, direct visitors around the zoo, help out at special events and run children’s activities.

As an Education Docent you’ll interpret animal exhibits, lead tours, interact with families in the Discovery Center, assist with educational programs, and have the opportunity to train as a narrator for daily Sea Lion feedings.

For additional information, visit:

As a member of the team, you’ll teach schoolchildren and other visitors about animals by leading guided tours, assisting with special programs and events, speaking at narrated feedings, and helping with arts and crafts activities.

Applications Deadline December 1, 2016, visit:

For information on all volunteer programs, visit: www.wildlifeconservation/volunteer

ASPCA – Volunteer

The ASPCA accepts high school students, on a limited basis, who are seeking to fulfill a graduation requirement for community service hours. This Service Learning program is offered twice a year.

Types of ASPCA Volunteer Opportunities at the ASPCA Animal Shelter and Adoption Center:

Adoption Counselors

Cat Volunteer

Dog Volunteer

Foster Caregiver

Kitten Syringe Feeding

Helping Hands

Policies for student volunteers in the ASPCA include:

  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older (at the time of the orientation in early January).
  • Volunteers must commit to a regular schedule with a minimum of 2 hours per week (of administrative duties) from January through June 2013 (summer only applications will not be accepted).
  • Students under 18 must understand that they can only help with administrative duties (minimum of 2 hours per week on weekdays) and cat socialization (for additional hours, as desired, not to exceed weekly administrative hours). Students under 18 will not be eligible to volunteer with dogs or to volunteer at off-site events.
  • Students must be mature, dependable, ambitious, able to follow instructions and able to work independently on assigned tasks.

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