Zoo Volunteers

What does a Teen Volunteer do?

Teen volunteers assist Zoo Keepers and Educators with the daily responsibilities of operating the zoo. Our volunteers will share their wildlife knowledge with visitors at the Oglebay Good Zoo, while using live animals and artifacts. In addition to the everyday duties, volunteers also aid in conducting summer camps, birthday parties, sleepovers, and other education programs.

 

Who can be a Volunteer?

Teen volunteers must be currently enrolled in the 7th – 12th grade. Our Adult Volunteer Program is available for those 18 years and older. For more information on the Adult Volunteer Program, contact our Zoo Volunteer Coordinator at 304-243-4033 or email docents@oglebay.com.

 

How do I become a Volunteer?

1. Fill out an application form.

2. Obtain two recommendation forms completed by teachers, scout leaders, or other adults who are not relatives. (Teachers are preferred.)

3. Be interviewed by a Zoo Educator.

4. If accepted into the Volunteer Training Program, submit a $55 participation fee, which helps cover training materials, a uniform t-shirt, volunteer newsletter, and more. (Scholarships are available for those in financial need.)

5. Attend training classes, which are held on Saturdays during February, March, and April.

6. Prove knowledge of training class material.

Teen Volunteer Application Adult Volunteer Application

 

How often can I volunteer?

After successfully completing the Volunteer Training Program, Teen Volunteers are required to assist the zoo a minimum of 24 hours per month during the summer (June, July, and August) and 8 hours per month during the fall and spring (September, October, April, and May) and 4 hours per month in the winter. Volunteers can set their own schedules by selecting from available time-slots online.

 

 

Contact our Zoo Education Department at 304-243-4068 or email docents@oglebay.com for more information.

 

Current Volunteers:

Volunteer Information Center