Conservation Education Fellowship

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Our Conservation Education Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for college students, recent graduates, and graduate students to explore conservation education in depth. Fellows study global conservation issues and learn the skills they'll need to foster a wildlife classroom that invites student-directed learning. Particular emphasis is placed on our organization's efforts to protect wildlife and wild lands.

Fellowship Terms


School term (Bronx Zoo, with potential at other facilities)

From mid-September to mid-June; fellows must be available to work four weekdays each week, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Additional weekend and overnight hours are also required. School-year fellows must have a valid driver's license.

Summer term (all facilities)

From June to the end of August; fellows must be able to work Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., for the entire term. You'll have the opportunity to work at the New York Aquarium, the Central Park Zoo, the Queens Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, or the Bronx Zoo.

Although exact responsibilities vary based on the park, fellows will help to support the summer camps at each site. This is not your typical camp counselor role, though! For campers ages 4–17, you'll be creating an amazing summer experience based on science content, arts and crafts, animal visits, fun and games.

Please note that Seasonal Conservation Education Fellows do not have any responsibilities with animal care, maintenance, or handling. They will be involved with the interpretation component when animals come into classrooms or during exhibit visits.

Next Steps

To apply, please go to Conservation Education Fellowship Application and follow instructions for the online application system. For questions about the Fellowship, please contact wcsteachingfellow@wcs.org.

We will review applications and notify candidates that we would like to invite to our group interviews to be held in early spring. Please note that the application process is very competitive.

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