Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo will hold Volunteer Opportunity Fair this Friday

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo will hold a Volunteer Opportunity Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Zoo Education Center so people can learn more about volunteering at the zoo. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo will hold a Volunteer Opportunity Fair from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Zoo Education Center so people can learn more about volunteering at the zoo. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is looking for volunteers, and you can find out about how to help during the Volunteer Opportunity Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday in the Zoo Education Center, 600 Franke Park Drive.

Zoo staff members and current volunteers will be available to answer questions at the open house-style event, a zoo news release said.

You must be age 18 and older to apply to become an adult volunteer, the news release said. If accepted, you will need to attend training classes this spring.

Teens aged 13-17 can apply for the Teens for Nature Volunteer & Leadership Program, the news release said. Deadline to apply for that program is Feb. 28.

Volunteer job areas include office duties, guest service, educational programming support, zookeeper aide and more, the news release said. Sample jobs could include helping in the goat yard or on the giraffe feeding platform, or sharing animal facts with guests and teaching visitors about animals at the zoo.

The zoo offers volunteers monthly continuing education meetings, a bi-monthly newsletter and recognition programs, the news release said. Volunteers also can share their passion for the zoo and animals with visitors as well as meet new friends.

All prospective volunteers may complete an application online at www.kidszoo.org.

Last year, more than 425 volunteers donated more than 41,500 hours to the zoo, the news release said.

For more information about the Volunteer Opportunity Fair or the zoo’s volunteer programs, contact Kathy Terlizzi at 1-260-427-6828 or e-mail volunteer@kidszoo.org.

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