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Zoo Interpreter

Adults 18 and older


Zoo Interpreter volunteers educate and inspire guests at various locations in the Zoo, including our Giraffe, Florida Black Bear, and Barnyard Buddies locations. They facilitate hands-on educational opportunities, assist with animal feeding interactions with guests, and visual displays as you interact with Zoo guests.

  • Educate the public at a variety of locations throughout the Zoo
  • Educate about wildlife conservation
  • Utilize bio-facts to educate guests
  • Make animal observations and interpret their behaviors for the public
  • Assist staff members with animal feeding interactions for guests
  • There is no animal handling in this program

Training Sessions
We onboard new Zoo Interpreter volunteers approximately every other month. We send out invites to attend an orientation and training session about one month before the scheduled date. If accepted as a Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens volunteer, an initial volunteer orientation and training session is required before beginning volunteer service. Completing an on-the-job training and introductory period is also required before full acceptance into the Zoo Interpreter volunteer position.

  • Must be over 18 years old.
  • Must be able to volunteer, on average, once a week for six months or more.
  • Pass training program with 80% or higher.
  • Participate in volunteer orientation.
  • Successfully completed introductory period.
  • Pay a $25 training fee for training materials and uniform.
  • 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Zoo Interpreter volunteer at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, please fill out this application. Once you complete the form, click the Submit button at the bottom.


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


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