Volunteers & Interns

WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER?

All volunteers must start as a Level 1 Ambassador.

Guest Engagement Ambassadors (Entry level Position) 

Guest Engagement Ambassadors play an important role in advancing the Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center’s mission of “creating unforgettable natural connections.” They enhance the guest experiences by engaging and educating visitors of all ages. Our Guest Engagement Ambassadors support select Conservation Stations, use biofacts to engage guests, and answer visitor questions.

The Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center is currently accepting applications for guest engagement ambassadors, the Level 1 volunteer position. All new volunteers must begin as a guest engagement ambassador before moving on to additional programs.

Program Expectations

  • Guest Engagement Ambassadors will complete training and shadowing sessions that cover interpretation, conservation, biology and ecology.

  • By the completion of your training, demonstrate the ability to enhance guest experiences through accurate and engaging interpretation throughout the Wildlife Learning Center.

  • Commit to 5 hours a month, for a minimum of 6 consecutive months, of educational volunteering.

  • Successfully complete programs and assignments

    • Ambassadors can participate in a variety of different roles:

      • Front gate greeting and assistance

      • Facility clean up

      • Special events

      • Other special projects

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements:

  • 18 years or older

  • Enthusiastic and passionate about animals and conservation.

  • Reliable, hardworking and possess strong leadership skills.

  • Willing and able to regularly and positively engage guests in the park in support of our mission.

  • Have a valid email.

  • Able to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.

Application Process & Details

  • A representative of Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center will contact those who have applied and invite candidates to attend a mandatory Interview Session.

  • Approved candidates will undergo a background check at their own expense. The cost for this is typically $25.00, but some jurisdictions may charge additional fees.

  • Upon final acceptance into the Program, a non-refundable fee of $30.00 is assessed to cover a uniform, name badge, and training materials.

  • If the fees associated with participation will cause you financial hardship, you may ask to be considered for sponsorship. Please contact Sonny Flynn for details.

After 60 hours and 1 year of service in the Guest Engagement Ambassador position, volunteers can apply to additional volunteer opportunities.  To be eligible for these positions, applicants must have demonstrated excellence in guest service and experience.

ALREADY AN AMBASSADOR?

If you are already a wildlife learning center ambassador and want to move to a Level 2 position such as keeper-aide, docent or garden volunteer, find out more below.

Keeper-Aide Volunteers: Ages 18 & Up

Qualified volunteers work under the direct supervision of keeper staff and help clean, feed and maintain exhibits. Volunteers will be working in close proximity to animals but no physical contact will be allowed. Application approval and safety orientation required. This program is competitive, and not all applicants will be accepted.

Duties

  • Cleaning and disinfecting of exhibits, holding areas, and work areas

  • Assist animal care staff in daily animal care and maintenance

  • Learn about captive animal husbandry and behavior

  • Follow direct orders regarding safety and health requirements

To participate in our volunteer program please fill out the form below and mail to Sonny Flynn 12973 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708 or email sonny@KissAGator.com

WANT TO BE A WILDLIFE LEARNING CENTER CAMP COUNSELOR?

Please contact Libby, Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center Education Specialist at Libby@KissAGator.com