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Volunteer at the Salisbury Zoo

The Salisbury Zoo is looking for enthusiastic people to help encourage an appreciation of wildlife and promote conservation of our natural world by educating visitors about animals, nature and conservation. You can choose which volunteer capacity fits your needs, interests and availability; we offer docent and service learning volunteer positions within education and intern positions within a variety of departments at the zoo.

What can volunteers do at the Zoo?

Docents help with education programs such as guided tours, live animal presentations, and school programs and serve as on-site experts for our guests. They share their knowledge of animals, nature, and conservation with visitors to encourage an appreciation of wildlife and inspire conservation of our natural world.

Salisbury’s ZooCrew (Teen Docent) program will consist of a select group of teens, ages 14-16 years old. This program will allow teens to explore their interests in nature, animals, and conservation through service with the Salisbury Zoo. Teens will be able to learn about careers in the environmental field, gain experience speaking with the public, and make new friends!

Service-learning volunteers assist in specific projects that directly affect the zoo. Some projects deal with events, educational programming or the animals used in those programs. These projects are set up and coordinated through the Education Department.

Interns assist with various responsibilities in their assigned department. Each internship is a hands-on, real world, working internship.


How do I become a docent?

  1. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page to have any questions answered.
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Take part in a phone interview.
  4. Attend a docent training session and complete assignments.

Docent training sessions (choose one)

Training sessions are held at the Salisbury Zoo’s Education Center, located near the East Gate (entrance by the Elks Golf Club). You must fill out the application prior to attending a training.

  • Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 22, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Current Docents

Current docents can sign into their Yourvolunteers account here.

ZooCrew (teen docent program)

The 2024 Salisbury ZooCrew Program is for teens ages 14-16 and will be held from June 17-Aug. 30, 2024. Learn all about the ZooCrew here.

How do I become part of the ZooCrew?

  1. Complete application here by May 20, 2024.
  2. Complete in-person interview.
  3. If accepted into the program, pay registration fee.

Service-Learning Volunteers

How do I become a service-learning volunteer?

  1. Contact the Education Department at salisburyzooed@gmail.com.
  2. Supply contact information.
  3. Check your email regularly for email notifications of upcoming projects.
  4. Contact the Education Department to confirm whether you will assist in the project.


Visit this link to learn more about our internship opportunities and how to apply: Intern Job Descriptions and Applications

AMC logoSalisbury Zoo is proud to be a sponsor site for AmeriCorps. Our member assists in building and coordinating our volunteer activities, creating and facilitating programs and managing care for our education animal collection.