Valued Volunteers Needed

The success of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park depends on the support and participation of our community. We are always looking for enthusiastic, caring people to participate in our volunteer program. You can help by donating your time in the following ways:

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General Volunteers

Never underestimate the power of an individual. Our staff always welcomes the help of those who are looking for a way to contribute to the community. Duties include grounds work, cleaning, and many other activities.
Do you have a special project in mind? We'd love to hear your ideas and plans.

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The NYS Zoo at Thompson Park loves welcoming groups of all ages to volunteer - from Scout troops to corporate & military groups. 
The majority of these opportunities are available during the spring and summer months. Duties may include mulching, weeding, raking, painting, & other essential activities to help maintain the beauty of Zoo grounds.

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Event Volunteers

We rely on volunteers to help with all of our special events. You may be asked to staff a table, host a game, manage crowds, greet visitors, or many other tasks depending on the event.
Events include Brew at the Zoo, Boo at the Zoo, Earth Day, and more.

For intern opportunities, please fill out the application and return to Attn:  Renée Mullenax, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601. *At this time, the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park does not allow volunteers to work directly with our animals.  This policy benefits the safety and well-being of our animals, staff and volunteers.  If you are interested in getting up close with some of our animals, please see our education programs in the education section.

For more information on becoming a volunteer at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, please contact Renée at or call 315-755-0896 during normal business hours.