Pros: some "behind the scenes" tours, pick your own hours, working with people, know about things happening at the zoo before the public, sometimes open after hours for just volunteers and employees, great discounts on food and zoo merchandise
Cons: 1.5 hour drive for me.
I am currently an adult volunteer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. On a typical day at the zoo I work in "animal contact" areas such as the Kangaroo Walkabout, the Reptile Lab, the Touch Pool, and Animal Ambassadors. In each of these areas I keep an "eye" on the animals and interact with the guests about the animals being displayed. I answer any questions – more... they may have. In the Reptile Lab and the Touch Pool I let guests know how they should properly pet the animals on display such as snakes, turtles, starfish, crabs, etc. I have learned a lot about the animals at the zoo while volunteering there. I really couldn't ask for better management or co-workers. They're all very nice and have helped me during my time of an unexpected drop in my blood sugar. They're always there, with a smile on their face, to answer any questions that I may have. The hardest part of my job is having to tell the children that they can't hold the animals in the Reptile Lab and Touch Pool, but only pet them. The look on their faces when they are told "no" breaks my heart. The most enjoyable part about my job is being able to get out there and educate people about each animal and conservation. I enjoy being able to interact with the public and other people who care about the animals and conservation just as much or even more than I do; I also love their reactions when they learn something new about the animals on display. It makes me feel great to be apart of what people call the number one zoo in America! – less