Volunteers

The Pride of Zoo Miami

 

Volunteers are the pride of Zoo Miami. They are a dynamic team of devoted and talented individuals who provide valuable assistance in almost every area of our operations.

Join our pride today!

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Adults

Adult Volunteer Programs

This is a year-round program in which individuals work in key areas of Zoo Miami side-by-side with staff members. To apply please use the form below or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 305-255-5551.

 Volunteer Request Form 

Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • Complete an interview and agree to a criminal background check and drug test
  • Commit a minimum of one year to the program and 60 hours of service per year (five hours per month)
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Internships

Internships

Limited opportunities for college students and graduates are available for internships at Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation. Unless noted below, internships are unpaid.

Program Requirements:

  • Must be a college junior, senior or graduate student in the field of interest
  • Must maintain a C+ average or above (B for Animal Science)
  • Must be willing to commit to a six, eight, or twelve week term (hours per week are specific to the area of interest)
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays
  • Must successfully complete application process, including submission of grade transcript and two letters of recommendation

Program Areas:

Development & Membership Services

Interns working in the Zoo Miami Foundation Development department will assist in a variety of fundraising projects and programs. Duties may include prospect research, coordination and production of proposal packets, special events, grant writing and/or reporting. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowlege and develop skills in fundraising techniques, marketing research, non-profit management and communication. Development interns must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, including some evenings and possible weekends. Contact jlassonde@zoomiami.org

Marketing & Public Relations

Interns working in the Zoo Miami Foundation Marketing and Public Relations department may assist with general marketing tasks or be assigned to special projects as needed. Duties may include event planning and implementation assistance, conducting visitor surveys, writing press releases or stories, assembling press kits, maintaining a press clippings book, and research. This is an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience for a career in the field. Marketing interns must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, including some weekends. Contact aobregon@zoomiami.org.

Special Events

Interns working with the Special Events Manager will be working under the Development department to assist in a variety of fundraising projects and events. Duties may include vendor research, such as getting quotes, production of sponsorship proposal packets, assisting with décor, volunteers, and other organizational aspects of the event. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in special event planning. Must be able to work 15 hours per week. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is a must. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows, and other related computer programs necessary. Contact sgreene@zoomiami.org

Other

Internships may be available in other areas of Zoo operations, including education, human resources, volunteer management, etc.

To explore your options, email or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 305-255-5551. If you wish to apply for any of the positions available, please send your current resume, field of interest and desired internship dates to:

Zoo Miami Foundation
Attn: Volunteer Resources - Internships
12400 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33177
Fax: 305-255-7126

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Groups

Group Volunteer Program

Zoo Miami welcomes groups of volunteers to assist in one-time projects around the Zoo grounds. Activities will vary and may include planting, weeding, mulching, painting, and other Zoo beautification projects.  Groups may also volunteer at some of Zoo Miami's special events, such as Zoo Boo —and the Great Zoo Miami Egg Safari.

Scout troops, sororities, fraternities, youth groups and other community groups are accepted for volunteer workday projects and these will depend on the Zoo's needs.  Projects may be scheduled for any day of the week and must consist of a minimum of four hours work.  Volunteers are encouraged to stay and enjoy the Zoo when the work is done.

fill out our online request form

Group projects are scheduled at least 30 days in advance. To request a date and time for your group, or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 305-255-5551.

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Corporate

Corporate Volunteer Program

Corporations play a special role by bringing groups of employee volunteers together, often for specific projects on either an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. These projects not only provide an invaluable service to the Zoo, but also afford a wonderful opportunity for employees to spend quality time together outside the workplace. If your company would like to become involved at Zoo Miami, we can tailor a program of activities that is just right for you and your employees. There are an unlimited number of possibilities, but the sample programs which follow offer some ideas to get you going.

Adopt-a-Project

You can work with Zoo professionals to determine a specific activity that your corporation can make your own for example, a children's educational program or activity, the promotion and beautification of a particular animal exhibit, or providing guides for traveling exhibits with a schedule that fits your needs as well as those of the Zoo.

Hold a Corporate Zoo Day

Bring the whole gang together for a one-time Zoo Beautification day complete with a front entrance banner proclaiming (Your Corporation Name) Day at the Zoo! Enjoy a fun day of teamwork and camaraderie in a tranquil setting.

Link Your Corporate Donations to Your Community Service

If you are interested in making a corporation donation to Zoo Miami, you may want to consider linking your funds to your employees volunteer service donating a specific amount for every hour volunteered.

Join the Pride!

You can encourage your employees - both current and retired - to join the "Pride" of Zoo Miami The "Pride" is a membership organization of Zoo volunteers who undergo training and commit to serve a specific number of hours each month in a variety of capacities, according to their interests and abilities. The "Pride" welcomes volunteers of all ages to join this dedicated group. We would be happy to provide you with literature to distribute to your employees.

For more information, please email or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 305-255-5551.