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  May 11 Mother's Day at the Zoo (Discount)
  June 14 A Beary Happy Birthday
  June 15 Father's Day at the Zoo (Discount)
  July 12 A Midsummer's Night for the Zoo
  Aug 9 Ice Cream Zoofari
  Sept 7 Grandparents' Day at the Zoo (Discount)
  Oct 25 Zoo Boo
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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
 
2014 IMPORTANT VOLUNTEER DATES TO REMEMBER

 

"ZooYou" Information Day (Ages 14-17)
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon @ 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 (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! 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). All volunteer position descriptions are listed below. 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


Dedicated volunteers at the Pocatello Zoo are known as Trackers. Trackers share the Zoo's Mission to increase the public's knowledge of and appreciation for native North American wildlife. If accepted into the program, new Trackers must attend a Zoo Training Session prior to volunteering. Trackers must become a member of the Pocatello Zoological Society. If adults volunteer 60 hours or more in a year, they will receive a Pocatello Zoological Society Membership. There is a $60 fee which helps offset the cost for your Zoo shirt, badge, and training.

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


 
ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
NATURE INTERPRETER


Nature Interpreters assist the Curator of Education with the Zoo’s educational mission. Nature Interpreters may assist in all of the Education Department’s events and programs, both on-site and outreach. The programs that utilized Nature Interpreters, include (but are not exclusive to) Zoo’s Day Camps, Zoorific Tours, Birthday Bearnanza, Zoo-4-Tots, ZooSnooZzzz, ZooBuddies, WildTales Theatre preschool programs as well as Habitracker/Outreach programs to local schools and community groups. Nature Interpreters are also invaluable in providing educational presentations at the Zoo’s three major education events, ZooBoo, A Beary Happy Birthday, Environmental Day and the Call of the Wild Sweethearts’ Brunch and Tour. The biggest need for volunteers is in this category.

Tracker training is required.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with local native animal species and species exhibited at the Zoo (Animal ID Certification required)
  • Tracker training & specialty certification(s)
  • Criminal background check
  • (Valid Idaho Driverís License may be required.)
 

EVENTS VOLUNTEER


Events volunteers help out the Zoo when it hosts any event, on or off ground. These events and programs include ZooBoo, Environmental Day, Call of the Wild Sweetheart’s Brunch and Tour, A Beary Happy Birthday, A Midsummer’s Night at the Zoo, Ice Cream Zoofari, and any other event as determined by the Zoo Director or Curator of Education. Events volunteers will assist in crowd control, ticketing, cleanup and general support for the Zoo’s staff.

Tracker training is not required.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity animal species exhibited at the Zoo
  • Attendance at event planning meetings (encouraged)
  • Generally, no formal Zoo training required; however, specialized training may be determined at the discretion of the Zoo Director and/or Curator of Education
 

MARKETING AND PR SUPPORT


Marketing and PR Support volunteers assist the Zoo Director, Curator of Education and the Pocatello Zoological Society with the marketing and promotion of the Zoo through brochures, flyers, news releases, and other written and visual documentation. This marketing and promotion include media outreach and brochures to advertise the Zoo, and it’s events and education programs.

Tracker training is not required but is strongly encouraged.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with local native animal species and species exhibited at the Zoo
  • College-level coursework in Marketing and PR or related field, or equivalent job-related experience
  • Tracker training (encouraged)
  • Generally, no formal Zoo training required; however, specialized training may be determined at the discretion of the Zoo Director and/or Curator of Education
 

GRAPHICS AND SIGN DESIGN


Graphics and Sign Design volunteers assist the Curator of Education in the development of graphics and other signs for the Zoo. These graphics include the informational signs that hang near animal exhibits, brochures to advertise the Zoo, and educational material for educational programs.

Tracker training is not required but is strongly encouraged.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with local native animal species and species exhibited at the Zoo
  • College-level coursework in Graphics and Design, or equivalent job-related experience
  • Generally, no formal Zoo training required; however, specialized training may be determined at the discretion of the Zoo Director and/or Curator of Education
 

ZOOKEEPING


Zookeeping volunteers are a small team of individuals who help the Zookeepers clean animals’ exhibits, prepare their diets, make minor repairs to their exhibits, and landscape in and around the exhibits. Advanced Zookeeping volunteers handle and present certain animals to the public and may also help the Zookeepers in other behind-the-scenes duties. Ultra Zookeeping volunteers will help the Zoo’s Zookeepers train the larger birds of prey, help them train more advanced Education animals, be their assistants during Keeper Chats, and be the Curator of Education’s assistant or primary presenter during animal shows.

Tracker training is required for the advanced and ultra zookeeping volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • Approval of Zoo Director and Zookeepers
  • Must be able to follow directions given by Zoo Director, Curator of Education, Zookeeper or Maintenance Supervisor (Zoo Director will assign a staff member to direct volunteers on a given day.)
  • Safety training
  • Tracker training (encouraged)

Advanced Qualifications:

  • All basic qualifications (listed above)
  • Written Recommendation by Curator of Education
  • Tracker Training and Certification in Animal/Info & ID and 2 other education tracks of choice
  • Criminal background check
  • Certification of Education animals handling by Curator of Education (and Zookeeper – required on Birds of Prey)
  • Certification on Individual Animal Facts by Curator of Education
  • 200 hours experience or equivalent professional experience
  • Able to lift at least 50 pounds (Exceptions may be made by Zoo Director)
  • Signed agreement of time and Education Department commitments

Ultra Qualifications:

  • All advanced qualifications
  • 500 hours experience or equivalent professional experience
  • Advanced Training by Zoo Director, Zookeepers and Education Curator
  • Advanced Program Certification by Curator of Education
  • Approved outside classes (encouraged)
 

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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