Volunteer or Intern at the Zoo

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EACH YEAR!

Become part of a growing, committed group of volunteers at the Brandywine Zoo. We invite you to explore the Zoo’s volunteer opportunities and internship program. The Brandywine Zoo depends on people like you for support of its commitment to providing excellent care for our animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things.

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Internships 18+

Animal Care Internships

Full-Time Keeper Apprentice, (CLOSED FOR 2018)
1 year commitment, stipend, housing

Part-Time Keeper Specialist, (CLOSED FOR 2018)
3 month commitment, no stipend, no housing

Education Department Internships

Conservation Programs Research Apprenticeship, (OPEN FOR 2019 APPLICATIONS)
1 year commitment, stipend, housing

Program Animal Apprentice, (CLOSED FOR 2018)
1 year commitment, stipend, housing

Program Animal Specialist, (OPEN FOR OCTOBER 2018 APPLICATIONS)
6 month commitment, no stipend, housing [off-season]

Summer Program Animal Intern, (CLOSED FOR 2018)
12 week commitment, no stipend, no housing

Zoo Camp Educator Intern, (CLOSED FOR 2018)
12 week commitment, stipend and housing available

To apply for internships

Complete an online intern application via DE State Parks website.  For more information, please visit the Internship Page.

If you have inquiries about intern opportunities specific to Brandywine Zoo, please direct them to our Volunteer Manager Danielle.Levredge@state.de.us

Internships < 18 (Junior Interns)

All application materials must be submitted by May 1.

Summer Camp Counselors
Camp counselors will work M-F for their selected weeks assisting our Zoo Camp Staff with on-site camps. Counselors will help lead activities and games, assist staff with managing campers, and contribute to an overall FUN and educational camp for our campers! For information on the camps you will help lead, please visit our Summer Camps page.

Shifts: 8am-4pm M-F, minimum of 2 weeks


Goat Yard Monitor
Goat yard monitors will assist zoo guests in friendly interactions with the goats during their visit. This includes interpreting the goats, showing how to gently interact, and even brushing the goats. Goat yard monitors may also be asked to clean and rake the goat yard during their shift.

Shifts: 9:45am-1pm or 12:30-4pm, but mornings preferred. Minimum 100 hours, preferable to select one reoccurring weekday.


Exhibit Interperter/Docent
Talk to our guests about our animals, assist with animal demonstrations or shows.

Shifts: 9:45am-1pm or 12:30-4pm, but full days are preferable. Minimum 100 hours, preferable to select one reoccurring weekday.

Available Positions


Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 14+ to volunteer as an individual without an adult companion, 16+ to handle loppers/maintenance equipment.
  • Volunteers 16+ are subject to passing a background check; if under 18, parents/guardians must sign.
  • Must attend any required trainings critical per position.
  • Must adhere to volunteer dress code (khakis, close toed shoes, zoo volunteer shirt, & ID badge) when operating as a volunteer for the Brandywine Zoo.
  • Volunteer is responsible for documenting all hours of service via Volgistics.

Steps to becoming a volunteer

Step 1: Apply via Volgistics

Complete the DE State Parks online Volunteer Application. Be sure to select the positions at the Zoo that interest you when completing this application. Volunteer group leaders should complete this form, too.

Step 2: Vetting (Interview & Background Check)

The Volunteer Manager at the Brandywine Zoo will be in contact with you shortly. Volunteers 16+ are subject to passing a background check; if under 18, parents/guardians must sign.

Step 3: Register for VolunteerMark

VolunteerMark is our comprehensive volunteer scheduler that is preloaded with all our volunteer positions and exact shift times available (iOS and Android app available!). Go to our public profile to register: volunteermark.com/brandywine-zoo

Estimated wait time to get into the zoo as a Volunteer process is 1-2 weeks. So hang tight!

For more information about volunteering, visit destateparks.com/volunteers OR email our Volunteer Manager Danielle.Levredge@state.de.us.

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Volunteer Forms

Please print forms 1 and 2 (3 if applicable) and return to the Volunteer Manager in person or at danielle.levredge@state.de.us

1. Volunteer Service Agreement

2. Waiver of Liability

3. Parental Consent

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I hear back regarding my application?

Since we receive so many applications, please be patient! Keep in mind that incomplete applications will not be considered. Be sure to check the email address listed on your application, including spam folders! If it has been 2 weeks or longer since you’ve submitted your application, please reach out to the Volunteer Manager.

Am I allowed to touch or interact with the animals when I volunteer?

For the safety of our animals and staff, there are no volunteer opportunities that work directly with animals (excluding our Goat Yard Volunteer position with our African Pygmy Goats). Contact with our animals is reserved for participants of our internship program.

Can I volunteer with friends from a local group or co-workers?

Yes! We welcome groups from any organization to come and help out every Thursday throughout the year – as needed – and for any special event listed on our calendar.

What should I be prepared for when I volunteer?

Work in the zoo field is often dirty business – please wear closed toed shoes and khaki pants that you don’t mind getting roughing up. Brandywine Zoo’s perimeter is rife with poison ivy so please be prepared for potential contact if you are working in the perimeter; those with extreme sensitivity or ivy allergy should abstain from landscaping opportunities.

If I volunteer will this lead to a job at the zoo?

The experience gained through volunteering will help when it comes to applying for jobs and for interviews. But you would still have to apply and compete for any job; there is no guarantee of employment.

What if I get hurt during my volunteer service?

Volunteers in Delaware State Parks are not considered employees of the State of Delaware, therefore the Division of Parks and Recreation does not provide Workers Compensation or any other insurance coverage for volunteers.

How many internship positions do you have?

During our most active time (summer) we have 16 interns operating simultaneously. Please visit check the intern tab for more information.

Can I serve court-mandated community service?

We do not accept those who need court-mandated community service hours.