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Zoo Idaho is looking for a little help from the area’s animal lovers.
Currently, the zoo is recruiting volunteers for its Docent (ages 18+) and Youth (ages 14 to 17) Volunteer Programs. Zoo Idaho staff will be hosting a pair of information sessions for the groups. The first will be held for adult volunteers Tuesday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the zoo administration office located at 3101 Avenue of the Chiefs. The session for youth volunteers is scheduled for Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. also at the zoo administration office. During the sessions, volunteer candidates will have the chance to ask questions, fill out the zoo volunteer application, and learn more about the different ways to give back to the zoo.
“From lending a hand in the wildlife theatre programs to working as an extra set of hands building and maintaining the zoo’s exhibits, we’d love to have your help,” said Zoo Idaho Curator of Education Rachael Shearouse. “Whether you have experience with animals or not, we just ask that you be interested in wildlife, willing to learn, and want to give back to the community.”
New volunteers are required to complete the volunteer application and waiver form and pay a training fee to be accepted into the program. Adult volunteers must also attend the training days that will be held April 25, May 2, and May 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The training fee for adults is $60.
Youth volunteers who are selected will be required to attend the volunteer training to be held June 5 through 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. There is a $40 training fee for youth, which helps offset the cost of training and uniforms. Youth volunteers who complete 40 or more hours of service will receive a Pocatello Zoological Society membership, which grants individuals free entrance to Zoo Idaho and free or reduced admission to more than 70 zoos across the country.
For more information on the volunteer programs at Zoo Idaho, visit zooidaho.org.