The Alexandria Zoo in Egypt offers volunteer positions for people as young as 14. The following is copied from their website: Alexandria Zoo
Being a VOLUNTEER involves a myriad of wild challenges and unforgettable experiences.Edit
Volunteer opportunities for both teens and adults await individuals who are interested in animals, zoos and spreading the message of conserving wildlife.
Docent registration is held in January.
What is an Explorer?Edit
Explorers are teens (at least 14 years of age) who offer volunteer service to the Zoo through a variety of duties that include zookeeper assistance, special events, grounds maintenance, construction and education programs. The Zoo Explorer Post is a coed program of Boy Scouts of America sponsored by the City of Alexandria.
What is a Docent?Edit
Docents are adults who offer volunteer service in the areas of education, animal care, zoo keeper assistance, grounds maintenance and landscaping, construction, summer camp, public relations, office work, and many other activities. Plus all activities and special events like Zoo Day, Zoo Boo and Summer Safari Camp also depend on volunteer assistance.
Training: The Zoo & YouEdit
Date: June 7 - 11, 2010 Time: 8 am - 1 pm Cost: $20* Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 2
It's an exciting week of volunteer training for registered Explorers (teen volunteers). Actual hands-on experiences, job shadowing, assigned duties and other projects will teach teens about the entire zoo operation.
Explorer t-shirts must be worn everyday with appropriate jeans or shorts. Only closed shoes are permitted and students wearing open shoes such as sandals or clogs will not be allowed to work.
- This fee only covers lunches each day and does not cover Explorer registration or t-shirt cost.
Download the Explorer Training Class Registration Form.
About the Explorer PostEdit
The Zoo Explorer Post is a coed program of Boy Scouts of America. It is sponsored by the City of Alexandria. Explorers offer volunteer service to the Zoo through a variety of duties that include zookeeper assistance, special events, grounds maintenance, construction and education programs. Not only will your service help the zoo and its programs, but volunteer work is a great addition to your resume!
Click here for the Explorer Application.
For more information contact (318) 441-6818, or the Zoo office at 441-6810.
- Be at least 14 years of age
- Completed the 8th grade
- Write an essay on why he/she wants to volunteer at the zoo
- Provide two letters of recommendation from adults (teacher, pastor, mentor, club leader, etc...)
- Sign a commitment to attend training sessions and remain active in the program for one year
- Pay a $10 Boy Scout registration fee
- Purchase a uniform shirt ($10)
This diverse group of men and women VOLUNTEERS strengthen our work force at the Zoo. They make it possible to present special programs and activities to the community.
Print the Docent Application.
The Alexandria Zoo accepts applications in January for the VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM. Training sessions are held in February and March at the Zoo.
- Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Like people, especially children, as much as animals
- Be a member of FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo)
- Be willing to donate at least 60 hours of service throughout the year
- Attend applicable training sessions (no make-up sessions are held)
- Pay a $25 registration fee
A Docent is defined as a volunteer lecturer or tour guide, but Alexandria Zoo Docents perform so many different tasks to help the Zoo! They are adults who offer volunteer service in the areas of education, animal care, zoo keeper assistance, grounds maintenance and landscaping, construction, summer camp, public relations, office work, and many other activities. Plus all activities and special events like Zoo Day, Zoo Boo and Summer Safari Camp also depend on volunteer assistance.
Training sessions are held only in February and March, however, you are welcome to call at any time to be added to the mailing list to receive information for upcoming training dates and times. After training is complete, each volunteer has committed to work an average of 8 hours per month and to attend a planning meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.
Applicants are asked to pay a $25 volunteer fee at the beginning of training. After completion of the training sessions, each volunteer should join FOTAZ at their chosen lead. In return, they will receive free admission to the Alexandria Zoo plus free or reduced admission to over 100 zoos and aquariums nationwide. Other benefits include discounts in the gift shop and on education programs for children, newsletters and other mailings that advertise zoo activities and events, as well as an invitation to "members only" activities. They will also have the opportunity to attend "volunteer reward trips" to other zoos and aquariums.
Docents are issued a uniform shirt and nametag, as well as training materials and a notebook. Docents must supply their own khaki pants or walking shorts as part of their uniform.
One of the most important perks is that volunteers get to experience the zoo up close and make many new friends while you're helping the Zoo staff and community.
To receive more information about volunteering at the Zoo, call (318) 441-6810 or (318) 441-6818.
GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEER Edit
Will work primarily with grounds maintenance, landscaping & special projects of a related nature. Will help supervise Explorers during work projects and kitchen duties.
SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEEREdit
Will assist with different events at the zoo throughout the year. Duties may include working with games, selling tickets, arts & crafts tables, event set-up, cleaning tables & chairs, etc.