Scovill Zoo Volunteer Training Classes
Every year Scovill Zoo volunteers donate thousands of hours of their free time to help make us one of the best zoos in Illinois. In order to prepare them for their roles at the zoo, volunteers go through 9 weeks of continuing education classes taught by our education and volunteer coordinator (Ben Rapson) and our assistant director (Dave Webster). This program allows our zoo volunteers to practice handling our animal ambassadors, to learn AZA approved guided tour messaging, and a chance to brush up on zoology and conservation topics important to the zoo. We encourage all volunteers, new and old, to attend every session. This ensures that team members have all the tools they need to make each visitor’s experience fun and educational. Even volunteers that run the train and carousel find the classes beneficial as they answer animal questions before and after operating the rides.

Scovill Zoo Volunteer Application
An exciting volunteer opportunity awaits you at Scovill Zoo! Would cheryl-frye-carouselyou like to drive the Z.O. & O. Express or give riders a spin on the Endangered Species Carousel? Do you want to learn more about your community’s zoo and its animals? Opportunities range from Mobile Zoo presentations to guided tours to helping at special events. No experience required!

If you wish to volunteer at the zoo please complete the Zoo Volunteer Application and return to the Scovill Zoo Office. For more information, please contact Ken at 421-7435.

Zoo Teens I

If you’re interested in a career involving animals, Zoo Teens I is a fun, educational way to learn more. Recommendation letter and volunteer hours are required. Applications are due by May 8. Download a Zoo Teens I application.
Location: Zoo Education Center, 71 S. Country Club Rd.
Fee: $70 ($55 with resident discount)

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156550-T114 - 17M - Sun.June 1 - October 319 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Zoo Teens II

If you want to take the next step towards a career at the zoo, sign up for Zoo Teens II! Get hands-on experience caring for animals and educating the public, while working as part of the animal care team. Completion of Zoo Teens I is strongly recommended but not required. Recommendation letters and volunteer hours are required. Applications are due by May 8. Download a Zoo Teen II application.
Location: Zoo Education Center, 71 S. Country Club Rd.
Fee: $50 ($35 with resident discount)

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156550-T216 - 18M - Sun.June 1 - October 319 a.m. - 6 pm.

 

Zoo Park Partners

Be a friend of Scovill Zoo by volunteering your time to beautify and enhance the facility. Over the years, Scovill Zoo has benefited from the efforts of a number of caring community organizations that have stained decking, cleaned the facility, raked leaves, and staffed our many fun events, like Boo at the Zoo. To get your organization or church group involved, please call the zoo at 421-7435.