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Cosley Zoo Summer Teen Volunteer

Company name
Wheaton Park District

Wheaton, IL, United States

Employment Type

Public Interest, Volunteer

Posted on
Feb 15,2019

Valid Through
May 31,2019

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Cosley Zoo Summer Teen Volunteer


Cosley Zoo


Wheaton, IL


Cosley Zoo Summer Teen Volunteer

General Purpose

To assist Cosley Zoo’s Education staff by sharing educational messages with the public, utilizing animal artifacts, and other visual displays.


Applicants must be 13 through 18 years old. Animal and people experience a plus. Must be enthusiastic and interested in meeting, working, and communicating with many types of people.

Essential Duties

Must be able to attend required orientation and training on designated dates in May and June. Each Summer Teen Volunteer must commit to a 2.5 hour shift each week from June through August.

Educate visitors about wildlife through informal teaching, answering questions, and explaining exhibits.

Provide informal educational presentations for zoo visitors using biofacts and props.

Interact with the public offering education, information, and assistance when necessary.

Communicate openly with assigned staff to allow for a more well-rounded experience.

Must follow, administer, and implement Cosley Zoo and Wheaton Park District policies and guidelines set forth in the Volunteer Handbook.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Assist with fund-raisers and special events if interested.

Assist with Discovery Stations.

Psychological Considerations

May feel stress while dealing with difficult members of the public. Must be comfortable working with large groups of people.

Physical Demands

Stand, climb, bend, and stoop for long periods of time. Must be able to tolerate odors, dust, and animal feces.

Cognitive and Safety Considerations

Must be able to follow directions and demonstrate good safety awareness and judgment.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, and effects of working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job when circumstances change; e.g., emergencies, rush jobs, changes in personnel, workload, technological development, etc.


Company info

Wheaton Park District

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