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Public Education Interpreter

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ORGANIZATION: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

  • 30 people are interested
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PURPOSE: Volunteers will support the Como Campus Interpretive Program in enriching the visitor experience by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere while sharing information about Como’s plants and animals.

DUTIES: Volunteers will: Share connections between plants, animals, and humans through props, stories and hands-on activities. Promote the interests of animal and plant conservation and the importance of bio-diversity. Inform visitors about fascinating animal and plant adaptations that help them survive. Greet and assist visitors with general information about the facilities. Monitor visitor activities in the facilities’ buildings and on the grounds. Assist with program development, training, and evaluation as requested.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers will: Practice good interpretive techniques, present accurate information and enrich the visitor experience Follow established policies and procedures as specified in the Como Volunteer Handbook . Be available for regular shifts or give advanced notification of absence. Stay informed about basic Como Park amenities and services, its attractions and special events. Fulfill all training requirements and seek on-going training. Volunteer weekly or, a minimum of every other week for at least six months. - Shift times 10-1:00 or 1-4:00pm;Como is open every day of the year.

QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteers must: Be at least 17 years old. Be willing to commit to a minimum six month good faith commitment. Be willing to learn and keep current about Como Campus attractions, amenities and hours of business. Be willing to utilize a variety of informal teaching techniques with visitors. Refrain from self-promotion of personal philosophies which are not consistent with Como’s education messages. Be able to initiate conversation with visitors of all ages and cultures. Promote a supportive and respectful workplace for other volunteers and staff. Consent to and pass a background check pursuant to the Minnesota Child Protection Act.

BENEFITS: Volunteers will: Learn about plants and animals and their impact on cultures and the environment. Gain valuable experience interacting and sharing knowledge with visitors. Receive regular mailings with zoo and conservatory information and volunteer updates. Receive a 10% discount at Garden Safari Gift Shop while actively volunteering.

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About Como Park Zoo and Conservatory


1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, MN 55103, US

Mission Statement

To inspire our public to value the presence of living things in our lives.


For over 100 years, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Zoo in Saint Paul, Minnesota has charmed, educated and entertained millions of children and adults while fostering an appreciation of the natural world, helping to make Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory welcomes 1.7 million visitors from around the world - the second biggest tourist attraction in Minnesota. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days; 10am-6pm from April-September and 10am-4pm from October -March . Admission to both the Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is always free and a voluntary donation is appreciated. Como relies heavily on the time and talent of a diverse group of volunteers day in and day out. "Be where you belong, experience the wonders of volunteering at Como"

For more information, visit www.comozooconservatory.org.


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy, Environment


We'll work with your schedule.


1225 Estabrook DriveSaint Paul, MN 55103



  • General Education
  • People Skills


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hour shift every week or every other week
  • Volunteers are required to attend an orientation and complete an online interpreter training session before they start.

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