Volunteer at the Zoo

Volunteer at the Zoo

Zoo docents make the visitor experience more meaningful through education.

Do you like to learn something new every day? Do you have a passion for animals and the environment? Do you enjoy being around people who share your passion?  Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you!  Our volunteer ranks are 300 strong and collectively give thousands of hours of service in support of our Zoo every year.  Our volunteers are critical to achieving our mission and are an indispensable part of the Zoo team; their enriching interactions with Zoo visitors, along with their endless enthusiasm, dedication and support are priceless.

Volunteer Opportunities & Service Areas:

For ages 18+
Docents are volunteer educators who help to teach our guests about the Zoo's animals as well as our conservation efforts.  Docents commit substantial time and effort over an extended period to develop expertise on the Zoo and its animals and agree to volunteer at least 72 hours per year in public interaction educating Zoo visitors.  This opportunity also comes with a mandatory training that begins in January. We are no longer accepting applications for 2016, but check back in late summer/early fall for an application for the 2017 season!

Play Partner
For ages 16 and up
A “Play Partner” is a volunteer who is primarily responsible for observing and facilitating children’s play experiences as well as providing resources for zoo patrons in the activity play spaces located within the “Our Big Backyard” exhibit. Must be enthusiastic, willing to learn, and foster a safe environment for our patrons. No longer accepting applications for 2016. Check back late fall/early winter for applications for the 2017 season.

Public Relations Events Volunteer
For ages 18+
Our Public Relations Events Volunteers support our special events both on-grounds and off. This may include helping to prepare in advance of an event at the Zoo, staffing an activity table during the event, or assisting with break-down and clean-up. It may also include traveling to other venues to staff a Zoo promotional display and answer questions from the public. This is ideal for an energetic people-person, and for young graduates looking for experience in the special event and PR fields. We are no longer accepting applications for 2016.

Zoo Crew
For students in grades 7 - 12
Zoo Crew is our teen volunteer program, open to teens entering or in 7 to 12 grades. Zoo Crew also offers a leadership opportunity for teens called Zoo Crew Counselors in Training (CIT) (teens who work at summer ZooCamp). After completing one summer of Zoo Crew, all Zoo Crew members can apply to be a Junior Keeper and work alongside our animal keepers (please note that this has limited availability). We are no longer accepting applications for 2016. For more information on ZooCrew, click here>

We are currently not recruiting Zoo Crew Jr. Docents for the 2016 season. Please check back in December 2016.

Have questions?  Contact the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Volunteer@rwpzoo.org or (401) 785-3510 ext 356.