Give the gift of time: Racine Zoo wants you to consider volunteering

RACINE — The Racine Zoo is urging young and old alike to consider volunteering their time at the zoo. From education to animal care, general office work, special events and marketing, officials say there are plenty of opportunities for you.

Adult Volunteer program, gives volunteers ages 18 and older the opportunity to experience a deeper level of involvement with the Zoo. They have the privilege to volunteer alongside Zoo staff in areas throughout the Zoo and assist them with daily operations, guest services, special events, program assistants, office work and even making animal diets. All positions require that the volunteer communicate effectively and pleasantly with the public, as well as represent the Zoo in a positive manner.

Volunteens is another program we offer for young adults who are at least 13 through 17 years of age. To be a Racine Zoo Volunteen, one must be a dedicated, mature, and responsible individual. They have the desire to learn and teach others about the Zoo, conservation and the natural world. Candidates for this program are selected after an interview process that is conducted each spring and the number of positions available varies each year depending on number of vacancies.

Visit racinezoo.org/volunteer-program and complete an application. Applications for adult volunteers are due Monday, January 16, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Application for volunteens are due April 1, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. along with one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other school.