Volunteer Opportunities for Teens
If you have a passion for animals and the environment, and enjoy being around people who share your passion, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you! Our teenaged 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.
Questions? Contact the Volunteer Management Office at Volunteer@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 356.
Play Partner (Ages 16+)
Applications for our 2024 Play Partners Program are now open! The deadline is now extended to February 26, 2024.
Play Partner volunteers facilitate and support children’s free play at Hasbro’s Big Backyard at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. In this space, Play Partners help families create memories through outdoor play experiences that connect them to the natural world. While this position doesn’t work with the handling or care of animals – the Big Backyard is home to animal exhibits including honey bees, ravens, and the natural wildlife of the neighboring wetlands in addition to outdoor play areas.
This volunteer opportunity is a great way to grow skills and experience with play-based early childhood education, and to explore the introduction of environmental education at the developmental level with infants through elementary ages.
Interested in applying for the Play Partners program? Fill out this application>
Zoo Crew Counselor in Training (Grades 7-12)
Applications are closed for the 2024 season. If you would like to stay in touch about this program for 2025 or to hear about other opportunities in 2024, please register to our email contact list here >
Zoo Crew Counselor in Training is a volunteer opportunity open to teens in grades 7-12. CITs assist in the ZooCamp experience and help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for campers (ages 4-10) by encouraging participation, modeling ZooCamp expectations and assisting campers with skills during activities or crafts.
Zoo Crew Junior Docent (Grades 7-12)
Applications are not open at this time.
Zoo Crew Junior Docent program is designed for students in grades 7-12. Junior docents work with their adult counterparts to engage with and help educate visitors to the zoo, helping guests explore subjects that include vet care, animal diets, animal care, and conservation. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their communication, customer service and teamwork skills, as well as learn more about the zoo, its animals and the importance of conservation efforts.