Recruitment and training of volunteers begin in the spring to prepare for the peak summer season, starting with the Detroit Zoo’s annual Bunnyville event on April 7, 2012. Training will be offered for both seasonal and year-round opportunities in the Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure and Wildlife Interpretive Gallery as well as at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Visit www.detroitzoo.org and click on the “Volunteers” link for descriptions of all volunteer positions.
The 2012 volunteer orientation dates are:
- Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Thursday, June 7, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Volunteering with the DZS is fun and interesting for individuals who enjoy continuing education. A minimum commitment of 20 hours annually makes it easy for those with busy schedules. Try it out for one season, April to October, and see how it fits,” said DZS Volunteer Services Manager Linda Denomme.
No experience is necessary to become a Detroit Zoological Society volunteer, just a friendly and outgoing personality. Volunteers enjoy a number of benefits in exchange for their valuable time, including discounts and an annual volunteer appreciation party.
Last year, 1,133 volunteers contributed 98,195 hours of service to the DZS, representing $2,097,445 in support.