Intern or Volunteer at the Zoo


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.


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, (CLOSED FOR 2018) 1 year commitment, stipend, housing

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

Program Animal Specialist, 6 month commitment, no stipend, housing [off-season]

Summer Program Animal Intern, 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

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!

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 full days are preferable. Minimum 100 hours, preferable to select one reoccurring weekday.

Exhibit and Animal Interpreter
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 One

Apply Online

Step Two

Phone Interview

Step Three

Background check

Step Four

Attend an Orientation


Get Started

Step 1: Apply Online

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: Phone Interview

The Volunteer Manager at Brandywine Zoo will be in contact with you shortly.

Step 3: Background Check

Pass a background check administered by DE State Parks.

Step 4: Attend An Orientation

Meet with the Zoo’s Volunteer Manager and/or Education Department staff (can be done at an intern/volunteer open house).”

For more information about volunteering, visit OR email our Volunteer Manager