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Goat Yard Assistant

Overview

Goat Yard is an excellent place to be for those who love to interact with guests and animals. Guests have the opportunity to feed and pet our goats, while learning more about them and getting answers to popular questions (Why are their eyes like that? What are their names? Do they really eat cans?). Goat yard volunteers are responsible for opening & closing the yard each day, handing out food to guests, answering questions and teaching guests about goats!

Shift Times

10am – 1pm, 1pm – 4pm

Time Commitment

x1/wk minimum commitment for those beginning in mid June through October; every other week minimum commitment for those volunteering the entire March through October season

Age Requirement

10-13yrs w/ parent/guardian; 14yrs+ to volunteer individually
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Responsibilities

  • Happily greet and welcome Zoo guests
  • Communicate with Zoo staff if safety concerns arise
  • Offer to have guests help brush the goats and show them the various items related to these animals to help them gain information about them
  • Answer Zoo guests’ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) about the goats
  • Raise awareness of how goat feeding support Zoo operations and other ways that guests that provide needed support the Zoo, including Friends of the Zoo membership

Qualifications

  • Comfortable with crowds and kids* (In the event we need to take COVID precautions, we will limit the number of guests in the yard at any given time.)
  • Ability to volunteer in all weather conditions
  • Able to convey clear directions and information to visitors

Training

General orientation (online), Goat Yard training (on site), and mentored shift

Benefits

Volunteer outside at the Zoo, meet new friends, help create lasting memories for Zoo guests, volunteer t-shirt, volunteer nametag, recognition event(s)

Reports To

Henry Vilas Zoo Volunteer Department