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Bright Futures

High school students 9th–12th grade


Students going into 9th – 12th grade looking to complete their volunteer hours to receive a Bright Futures Scholarship through their school by interacting with Zoo guests at activity stations using animal-related biofacts and activities. This is a fun opportunity for those who enjoy talking and interacting with people.


  • Education about animal conservation during special events throughout the year.
  • Educate the public at several different activity stations throughout the Zoo.
  • Utilize bio-facts and activities to educate guests at the stations.
    • All stations are in front of animal habitats, but there is no direct contact with animals.

Training Sessions:

We bring on new Bright Futures Volunteers about every other month. We send out invites to attend an orientation about one month before the scheduled date. Orientation classes occur on either Saturdays or Sundays.

If accepted as a Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens volunteer, an initial volunteer orientation is required before beginning volunteer service. Completing on-the-job training and an introductory period is also required before full acceptance into the Bright Futures volunteer position.


  • Must be a student going into 9th – 12th grade.
  • Volunteer shifts are completed on Saturdays, Sundays, and during school breaks.
  • Participate in volunteer orientation.
  • Successfully completed introductory period.
  • Abide by policies in the Volunteer Handbook.
  • Provide excellent customer service and demonstrate the ability to work well with visitors.
  • Be interested in educating the public about conservation.
  • Must be able to tolerate Florida’s weather conditions.


Contact the Volunteer Office at 407.323.4450 ext. 127 or email volunteers@centralfloridazoo.org.


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