Serengeti Springs

Volunteering

Consider becoming a volunteer for the Hattiesburg Zoo! Make a Difference: Your time and efforts will contribute to the care and conservation of our diverse animal species. Learn and Grow: Gain valuable experience in animal care, education, and conservation while expanding your knowledge about wildlife. Build Community and Friendships: Join a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for animals and the environment. Enhance the Experience: Learn how your interaction with others can engage them into better enjoying their experience at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

Please note your area of interest:

 

Animal Care Volunteers

Animal Care Volunteers assist the animal care team with enrichment activities, cleaning, projects and tasks that aid in the daily care routines for the Zoo’s animal residents. They learn general animal husbandry while assisting keepers in their day-to-day care of the animals at the Hattiesburg Zoo.  This includes hands-on interaction with animals and a working knowledge of exotic animal behavior. 

Shifts are typically from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Requirements for Animal Care Volunteers 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must hold or be actively pursuing a biology-related degree
  • Must dedicate 12 hours a month for three months to learn the ins and out of the role
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Pass a standard background check

 

Education Docents

Education Docents spend time engaging with Zoo guests and share information about the animals in the Hattiesburg Zoo as well as conservation efforts being made to help support and protect wildlife.  Docents are stationed around the Zoo with biofacts or ambassador animals, ready to answer guests’ questions and teach people of all ages about our animals and our mission to grow conservation and education knowledge.  Docents also have the opportunity to help oversee guest and animal interactions in the Wallaby Walkabout and Touch Africa petting zoo, and facilitate guest-animal interactions. 

Shifts are typically from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Requirements for Docents:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Have a passion for learning about wildlife and conservation facts and information
  • Willing to communicate and interact with Zoo guests
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • If you are 18+ a background check is required

 

Guest Services Volunteer

Guest Services volunteers help enhance Zoo guests’ experiences. These volunteers assist with giving directions as to different attractions within the zoo, greet guests throughout the Zoo, watch for foot traffic and clear the tracks during train crossings and assist with crowded, guest-related areas of the zoo.  Animated and enthusiastic individuals with a love for varying personalities are best utilized as Guest Service Volunteers.  

Shifts for Guest Service Volunteers vary, and are needed for holiday events, special events, weekends and some weeknights. 

Requirements for Guest Service Volunteers

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Must be familiar with the Zoo’s layout 
  • Willing and able to communicate freely with Zoo guests
  • Have a passion for people and an interest in enhancing the Zoo experience for guests
  • Must be willing to stand for long periods of time.