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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.


Zoo Crew Counselor in Training (Grades 7-12)

Applications for this program are open now through January 17th 2023​.

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. 

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Play Partner (Ages 16+)

Applications are not open at this time. 

Volunteers for the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular are expected to volunteer from 4:45pm-10:30/11pm during the event. Upon arrival volunteers will be given an orientation and will learn more about the event! Volunteers are then assigned a position for the night. Volunteers will receive breaks and a chance to eat dinner. At the end of the shift, volunteers are dismissed and receive their community service hours or two tickets to the event for volunteering.

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 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.


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.

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