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Exhibit Guide Program

Exhibit Guide Program:

This is a brief overview of the Exhibit Guide Program, which is a seasonal education-based volunteer position for adults. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Volunteer Program Staff at (419)385-5721 ext. 2045 or

Program Description
The Exhibit Guide Program supports the Zoo’s educational and interpretive needs in specific areas within the Zoo. Responsibilities will include:

  • Greet and instruct guests at animal contact exhibits including the shark and ray touch tank and Nancy L and Martin Davidson Barnyard.
  • Engage guests in educational conversations and maintain a safe animal contact experience at the sturgeon touch tank.
  • Educate guests at the elephant exhibit, focusing on topics related to animal welfare and conservation.
  • Educate guests at Galapagos Gardens, helping guests develop an appreciation for and understanding of reptiles.

Exhibit Guides will complete a 2 step training process:

  • Half Day Orientation: review of Zoo Volunteer handbook, techniques to engage guests, responsibilities, and animal information
  • Mentoring Session: shadow a volunteer from our Zoo Educator program for at least 1 shift


  • Complete the required training program
  • Give at least 25 hours of service, not including the half day orientation
  • Schedule volunteer time in advance
  • Inform the Volunteer Department if you can not make a scheduled shift.
  • Applications are accepted March – August each year

Thank you for your interest in the Zoo’s Exhibit Guide Program!

Click here to download application.

Please email filled-in application to