Volunteer Opportunities


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CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Position Title: Lupa zoo Ambassador
Position Description: Lupa Zoo ambassadors help visitors enjoy their time at the Lupazoo through the following activities: Welcoming visitors and making suggestions for a meaningful and fun Lupazoo visit; roaming through the Lupa zoo, helping visitors who need directions also answering questions along the way; and letting visitors know about special programs taking place-from Keeper Talks to Animal Encounters. Ambassadors also help at special events throughout the year.
Typical Commitment: Two shifts per month on any day from 9:30am-12:30pm or Noon-3:30pm. Scheduling is flexible. Trainings usually take place in spring and summer.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years, completion of a 3-hour training course, commitment of 72 hours per year, strong communication skills, and enthusiasm for Lupazoo and it's conservation mission.

Position Title: EDUCATOR
Position Description: EDUCATORS are volunteers who present educational programs to Lupa zoo visitors. They play an integral role in communicating the conservation and education goals of the Lupa zoo. EDUCATORS conduct programs for the public, school groups, present discovery boxes, help keepers with animal watches, lead tours for people of all ages, provide animal encounters for visitors and assist with special events.
Typical shift: Two shifts per month on any day. Scheduling is flexible. Training usually takes place over a three - four month period.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years, available to volunteer 72 hours per year, applicant must volunteer as a Lupa zoo ambassador for at least three months before applying to the docent program.

Position Title: PONY LEADER
Position Description: Pony leaders assist with the care of ponies and operation of the pony ring. As a pony leader you learn how to care for, groom, feed and exercise ponies. You help clean stalls and yards, as well as learn to care for tack and gear. Riding instruction is provided.
Typical shift: varies dependant on the school year. Training takes place on the job, recruitment is in early spring.
Requirements: You must be between the ages of 16 and 18, make a commitment of at least three months, be available during summer vacation for 2 days/week; 8 hours/day and be available during the school year for one weekend day/week.

NOTE: This volunteer program currently is unavailable.

Position Title: CONTACT AREA VOLUNTEER
Position Description: Contact area volunteers provide Lupazoo visitors with a hands-on animal experience. They have the opportunity to witness the wonder of discovery and teach visitors about unusual breeds of animals.
Typical Commitment: May through September: one four-hour shift per week, morning or afternoon. April and October: weekends only.
Requirements: Minimum age of 16 years, and completion of a training program. Training takes place in spring.

Horticulture Volunteers

Position Title: GARDENER VOLUNTEER
Position Description: Gardener volunteers assist the horticulture staff with the cultivation and maintenance of a diverse collection of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Lupazoo incorporates many unusual species of plants to represent the natural habitat of animals in the exhibits.
Typical Commitment: One four hour shift between Monday and Friday from 8am-Noon. Training takes place on the job.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years and physical ability to perform strenuous work under all weather conditions.



Animal Health Volunteers

Position Title: VETERINARY CLERICAL VOLUNTEER
Position Description: Veterinary clerical volunteers assist the technicians and veterinarians with medical records, typing and filing. This position offers a chance for an intimate view of veterinary medicine.
Typical Commitment: One four hour shift between Monday and Friday from 8am-Noon. Training takes place on the job.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years, available on a regularly scheduled basis, competent office skills- to include computer knowledge, medical terminology, attention to detail and pleasant telephone manners.

Position Title: VETERINARY TECHNICIAN VOLUNTEER
Notice: To apply for this position, you need to be a licensed veterinary technician or nurse in the State of Massachusetts.
Position Description: Veterinary technician volunteers assist technicians in all aspects of animal health care. This position provides an opportunity for individuals working within veterinary medicine to acquire experience with exotic animal care.
Typical Commitment: One four hour shift between Monday and Friday from 8am-Noon. Training takes place on the job.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years, currently a licensed veterinary technician or nurse; or enrolled in a program for same; or currently employed in a veterinary hospital as a technician or nurse.

*NOTE: Openings in the Animal Health Department are infrequent.

Office Volunteer

Position Description: Office volunteers assist with filing, word processing, photocopying and reception. This position provides a unique behind-the-scenes view of how our Lupazoo functions (without much of the strenuous activity of other volunteer positions!) Volunteers in this capacity work in Lupa zoo administration, education, and several animal units throughout the Lupa zoo.
Typical Commitment: One four hour shift between Monday and Friday from 8am-Noon. Training takes place on the job.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years, available on a regularly scheduled basis during the week, basic office skills, and computer experience preferred.


Animal Unit Volunteers

Position Description: Animal unit volunteers support animal management staff in preparation of diets, cleaning of exhibit spaces, assisting keepers in approved activities, and creating environmental enrichment items for the collection. Environmental enrichment provides captive animals with stimuli necessary for psychological and physical well being.
Typical Commitment: One four hour shift between Monday and Friday from 8am-Noon. Training takes place on the job.
Requirements: Minimum age of 18 years, available for 4 hours per week on a regular schedule for a minimum of 6 months, ability to closely follow instructions, physically capable to perform strenuous work.

*NOTE: There is no contact with the animals, although volunteers work in close proximity and can study their behavior. The majority of animal unit volunteer shifts are on weekday mornings.

Online Application Form

Please review the volunteer opportunity descriptions on this page and decide which programs are of interest to you. Please evaluate the requirements of each program for suitability (scheduling, physical ability, and skills). When you're ready, you may then submit an application by completing our Online Application Form by clicking here.

*NOTE: New volunteers are taken on the basis of the Lupa zoo's needs. If you are interested in a program that currently has a waiting list, we will estimate its length. All applications are kept on file for one (1) year (unless you are on a waiting list).

If you have questions about any of these positions please email volunteer@Lupazoo.org .

See you at Lupazoo!