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WE NEED YOU AT THE ZOO!

Volunteer programs are available in many different areas, as well as internships, for people of varying ages who would like to work in education, events, animal care, grounds maintenance, and construction.

BROCHURE
 
2015 IMPORTANT VOLUNTEER DATES TO REMEMBER

 

"ZooYou" Information Day (Ages 18 and up)
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. @ Zoo Admin. and Ed Center
(OPEN HOUSE)
 
"Zoo Crew" Information Day (Ages 14-17)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. @ Zoo Admin. and Ed Center
(OPEN HOUSE)
 
THE POCATELLO ZOO HAS OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH
ADULT
(18+) AND YOUTH (14-17) VOLUNTEERS

All volunteers at the Pocatello Zoo are required to fill-out an Adult Application (18+) or Youth Application (14-17). All volunteers must also complete a Zoo Release Form. In addition, some Zoo volunteer opportunities have fees associated with participation in order to offset costs for materials and training.
 
 YOUTH VOLUNTEERS: Zoo Crew (ages 14-17)
 $40 materials & training fee | Youth Application | Zoo Release Form


Youth, ranging from ages 14-17, will be placed into different areas based on their age, ability, and interests. Volunteering at the Pocatello Zoo is a great way during the summer to learn, gain work experience, and most importantly have lots of fun! First year Zoo Crew members begin in the Barn Yard and may assist with camps. All interested youth volunteers must fill out a youth volunteer application and waiver, participate in an interview, attend a training class, and provide a commitment of at least 60 hours over the summer (June - August). There is a youth volunteer fee of $40, which pays for your Zoo shirt and training.

 
 ADULT VOLUNTEERS (ages 18+)
 $60 materials & training fee* | Adult Application | Zoo Release Form


Do you have an endless curiosity? Do you enjoy helping others learn? If so, the Pocatello Zoo's Docent Program may be the volunteer opportunity for you!

Each year volunteer teachers, referred to as docents, serve as interpretive guides and present educational programs introducing thousands of children and adults to the wonders of wildlife.

The Pocatello Zoo offers docent training two times year, once in Fall/Winter, and once in Spring/Summer. Docents are trained in the art of interpretation, using interesting biofacts as well as animal observations to provoke curiosity. Docents promote learning and inspire visitors towards conserving wildlife while helping to facilitate an unforgettable Zoo experience.

Like working with animals?

Docents also serve as animal presenters for the Zoo’s animal encounter Discovery Stations (spring/summer), Wildlife Theater programs (spring/summer), and at outreach programs (all year).

The docent training program is broken up over five weeks in which trainees learn about the natural history of both Zoo animals on exhibit and those found in the Education Department as well as the educational programs docents conduct on and off property.

Docents must pass the training program with an 80% attendance or higher to continue as a docent for the Pocatello Zoo. To participate in the training there is a $60.00 fee to cover costs of materials, shirt, background check, and name badge. Fees are collected on the first day of class.

2015 Training Schedule
Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
March 10, 17, 31, April 7, and 14

* The materials and training fee is NOT required for grounds maintenance and construction volunteers.


OTHER ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CONSTRUCTION

Construction volunteers help the Zoo’s staff with all sorts of construction jobs, from basic construction activities to advanced design, depending on your skills and desires. These jobs include exhibit construction, advanced grounds maintenance, electrical installations and repairs, and plumbing repairs, all under the supervision of the Zoo’s Maintenance Supervisor.

Tracker training is not required.

Qualifications:

  • Approval from Zoo Director and Maintenance Supervisor
  • Safety training
  • No Zoo training required
 

GROUNDS AND MAINTENANCE

Grounds and Maintenance volunteers help the Zoo’s staff with basic groundskeeping and maintenance jobs. These jobs include painting, cleaning (non-exhibit), landscaping/gardening (raking, mowing, weeding), and minor repairs. If you have experience gardening, this can include planting and landscape design.

Tracker training is not required.

Qualifications:

  • Approval from Zoo Director and Maintenance Supervisor
  • Supervision of Maintenance Supervisor
  • Safety training
  • No Zoo training required

 

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