Zoo Interpreters

Zoo Interpreters

Zoo Interpreters are responsible for working in a variety of positions, including being Zoo ambassadors in our Giraffe, Florida Black Bear, and Barnyard Buddies locations. Interpreters will activitely facilitate hands-on educational opportunities, animal contact, and visual displays as they interact with Zoo guests. They will work with the Animal Care staff to educate visitors about our Zoo, the animals, and their habitats. Interpreters are available to answer questions and trained to assist with potential issues that could arise.

General Responsibilities:

  • Education about Animal Conservation
  • Animal Observations
  • Engaging Zoo Visitors

Training Sessions:

If accepted as a Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens volunteer, an initial volunteer orientation is required prior to beginning volunteer service. Successful completion of an on-the-job training and introductory period is also required before full acceptance into the Bear Ambassador position.


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must commit to one shift per week for at least six months
  • Shift times vary by location; however, the Zoo is open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. every day
  • Participate in volunteer orientation
  • Successfully complete introductory period
  • Pay a $25.00 training fee for manual and uniform shirt
  • Abide by policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Great customer service and ability to work well with visitors
  • Interested in educating public about conservation
  • Must be able to tolerate Florida's weather conditions

Upcoming Training Dates:

Jan. 6, 2018:  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Feb. 24, 2018:  9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

March 24, 2018: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

April 28, 2018: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

May 26, 2018: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

June 16, 2018: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Application: Click here to apply as a Zoo Interpreter. 
Acceptance into the program is based on the application, interview and completion of the training process.

For more information please contact the Volunteer Office at 407.323.4450 ext. 127 or email volunteers@centralfloridazoo.org.