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Volunteer 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 docent 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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How Do I Become a Volunteer?

The Brandywine Zoo is part of Delaware State Parks. As a member of Delaware State Parks, all volunteers for the Brandywine Zoo must first apply through DE State Parks office of Volunteerism. All of our volunteer recruitment and screening is conducted by Delaware State Parks, who completes volunteer interviews and background checks prior to forwarding any information about volunteers who meet the minimum requirements to volunteer to the Zoo.


Steps to Becoming a Volunteer

Step One

Apply Online

Step Two

Phone Interview

Step Three

Background check

Step Four

Attend an Orientation


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Get Started

  1. Optional: Attend a volunteer open house. Visit our calendar of events.
  2. 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.
  3. Pass a background check administered by DE State Parks.
  4. Meet and interview with the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator and/or Education Department staff (can be done at open house).
    a. Approved volunteers will be then invited to attend new volunteer orientation.

Please do not contact the Education Department directly about the status of your application, as this falls under the Delaware State Parks office of Volunteerism .

For more information about volunteering, visit destateparks.com/volunteers OR email our volunteer coordinator Gloria.Mitchell@state.de.us.

Available Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

Join us at an upcoming open house to learn more about our volunteer program or open internships. Please carefully read the volunteer position descriptions to understand what volunteers will or will not be able to do during their service. Note: most positions have little or no direct contact with our zoo animals.

Positions Great for Teens

*Positions that may be working with animals will be required to provide proof of a negative TB test within the last 12 months.

Volunteer Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be at least 14 years old (13 years old if chaperoned by a parent/guardian).
  • Must pass a background check.
  • If under 18 years old, application and background check must be signed by parent/legal guardian.
  • Must attend any required trainings.
  • Must adhere to the uniform and customer service policies as described in the training course.
  • Be friendly, enthusiastic and dependable.
  • Do assigned tasks as agreed upon with the Zoo Staff.

Zoo Internships

Intern Open House

Summer Zoo Internships for High School and College Students

When: Saturday, March 31, 1 – 2:30pm

What: We offer a variety of 3 month positions that afford volunteers ages 14 and up the opportunity to intern in our summer camps or on zoo grounds educating our guests. These positions require a minimum of 100 hour commitment for the summer.

Who: Anyone interested in interning this summer, ages 14-and up. High school and college students are invited to attend. Registration not required.

How: Complete your intern application during the open house, or bring a completed application with you. Interviews will be conducted for applicants during the open house.

Location: The Open House will meet in the Education Building, across the street from the main entrance of the Zoo.

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Available Internship Positions

Summer Positions For Teens
  • Summer Teen Internships (Ages 14+), minimum 100 hours

Summer Camp Counselors

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

  • 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!

Goat Yard Monitor

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

  • 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.

Exhibit and Animal Interpreter

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

  • Talk to our guests about our animals, assist with animal demonstrations or shows.
Intern Positions, Ages 18+

3-4 Months, Summer

6 Months

Year-Long Positions (January 2018 – January 2019)

How to apply

Interested in applying for one of our 18+ internships? All intern applications for these positions are through Delaware State Parks.

For more information, please visit the Internship Page.

To apply for internships:
Complete online intern application via DE State Parks website. To inquire about intern opportunities, please email our Volunteer Manager Gloria.Mitchell@state.de.us.

Get your volunteer application started today!