BALTIMORE, MD – Do you enjoy talking to kids of all ages about animals? Do flocking flamingos stop you in your tracks? Do you like spending time in the great outdoors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have what it takes to answer the call of the wild! Now is the time to join the Volunteer herd at The Maryland Zoo! The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will be hosting our annual Open House for prospective volunteers on Sunday, January 27, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Zoo’s Mansion House administration building.

During the Open House, current volunteers and staff will be on hand to discuss all the details including training, scheduling, and the rewards of volunteering. There will also be Zoo representatives on hand to discuss college internships and Zoo Crew, our unique service-learning program for teens ages 14- 17. There will be Q&A sessions at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30. During these short sessions, people will learn about the essential role Volunteers play in conservation education, visitor support, grounds keeping, and more!

New volunteers are needed for our essential volunteer programs, such as guest education, Zoo Guides, Wild Weed Warriors, Animal Contact Aides for Goat Corral and Giraffe Feeding Station, as well as being one of our Zoo Mascots, and leading crafts and games at special events. In addition, we have a new Conservation Team with important volunteer opportunities in gardening and composting, recycling, cleaning up the community, and much more. The Zoo offers volunteer opportunities for people with all types of schedules and interests, so join us at the Open House and find out more!

Applicants do not need to attend the Open House in order to be considered, but most positions require an in-person interview. Additional information and an online application can be found at under the “Volunteer” tab at the top of the home page. Online applications will be taken until February 23, 2019, and training for adult volunteers begins in March. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is located in Druid Hill Park. For specific directions or questions, please call the Volunteer Office at 443-552-5266.

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