By joining us as a volunteer, you’ll play an important role in educating and engaging our park visitors on wildlife conservation.

In this video, watch as volunteers across our parks reflect on their time in the programme.
Docents are stationed at various locations in our parks to interact with guests so that the latter can enjoy meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences. Through sharing of interesting animal facts, stories and anecdotes, docents help to engage and inspire our guests to care for wildlife. 


  • 21 years old and above
  • Deep interest in nature and wildlife
  • Keen interest in engaging guests on wildlife conservation


  • Twice yearly, April and September
  • Interview and selection process
  • Registration fee: $150


  • 8-week training programme, usually on weekends
  • The training is divided into two phases: 
    • Common phase - induction for trainee docents to understand the WRS vision, mission, core values, strategic thrusts and the unique offerings of its four parks.
    • Station-based training - at the end of the common phase training, trainee docents select the station of their choice and if successful, proceeds to understudy the existing docents at the selected station


  • Monthly volunteer duty for at least a year after the training
Conservation ambassadors are youth volunteers who take on the role as guides at our parks. They promote conservation awareness while providing meaningful and memorable wildlife experiences for guests.


  • Be between 15 - 21 years old  
  • Deep interest in nature and wildlife   
  • Keen interest in engaging guests on wildlife conservation


  • 2 times a year for each park    
  • Registration fee: $25 


  • 2 full-day training, usually on consecutive Saturdays or Sundays
  • Evaluation on the second day of training


  • Monthly volunteer duty for at least 6 months after the training and evaluation
Wildlife Buddies (Student groups)

Wildlife Buddies are short-term volunteers who serve as buddies (guides) for their peers, younger students or the disadvantaged to facilitate meaningful and memorable visits to our parks. This is most suitable for students who wish to volunteer in groups and give back to the society.

Training will be provided for participants to qualify as Wildlife Buddies.

Suitable for

  • Students from Primary 4 and above


  • 7-hour training which can be a full-day session or spread over 2
  • Minimum of 20 participants per training session


  • Students will return on a separate day for guiding
Training fees (includes admission for training and guiding days)

Primary school

Price per participant

Secondary or tertiary

Price per participant 

Singapore Zoo
S$ 25
New price with effect from 1 April 2019
S$ 30
New price with effect from 1 April 2019
River Safari
S$ 25
New price with effect from 1 April 2019
S$ 30
New price with effect from 1 April 2019
Jurong Bird Park
S$ 20
S$ 25
New price with effect from 1 April 2019
This programme offers volunteers with a keen interest in wildlife medicine an opportunity to observe and participate in selected clinical procedures under supervision. At the end of the programme, volunteers will gain insights into different aspects of avian, and zoological medicine under the guidance of our veterinary team. 

1.1. Pre-requisites

Applicants must

  • Be in a final year student of veterinary medicine course at the time of volunteer placement
  • Be able to commit either 4 or 8 weeks

Note: International applicants must be eligible to apply for Work Holiday Pass (WHP) or Training Employment Pass (TEP). Refer to the Ministry of Manpower website for more information.

1.2. Responsibilities

  • Record observed cases using standardised format
  • Interpret diagnostic tests (e.g. radiographs, hematology, biochemistry)
  • Monitor restraint episodes and record pertinent information such as anesthetic and physiologic parameters
  • Assist veterinary nurses with routine treatments and other assigned tasks
  • Prepare for upcoming procedures including medical record review and independent reading on unfamiliar species and techniques
  • Complete reading assignments
  • Complete a research project and present findings to the hospital and/or husbandry staff

1.3. Application Fees

For Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents, Work Holiday Pass Applicants: S$150.00

For Training Employment Pass Holders: S$530.00*

  • *First payment for processing of application: S$250
  • Second payment of S$280, payable only upon approval of the Training Employment Pass by MOM

Note: Application fees paid are non-refundable.

1.4. Application Period

Application is opened from 1 January to 28 February each year.  If the available placements are not taken up, we will open a second application period from 1 July to 31 August.  Please apply one year in advance of your intended placement.

Refer to the availability of placements for 2021 and 2022 here.

1.5. To apply

  • Prepare a cover letter & recommendation letter from your veterinary university.
  • Submit application and relevant documents online here.

Only successful applicants will be notified two months after the application closes. 

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Throughout the year, we organize different events at our parks to engage guests.  The events are edutainment in nature, and each carries a key message on a wildlife conservation issue and a call to action. Sign up as an event volunteer and help us  spread the conservation message.   

Some of our annual events include:

  • Lunar New Year awareness booth (Lunar New Year period)
  • Zoolympix (June School Holidays)


  • 15 years of age and above
  • Enjoys interacting with people


  • 2 – 5 hours, based on nature of the event


  • Minimum 2 full days during the event period

Join us as an event volunteer by filling in this form. Volunteer slots for our events are limited and will be based on availability.

Join us as Wildlife Buddies. Select a Voluntary Welfare Organisation* of your choice and let us work with your team to create a meaningful visit for your beneficiary.

Employees will attend a training session based on the planned itinerary to facilitate guiding on the same day.

Programme Fees

  • $200 for up to 20 participants. 
  • Additional participants at $10 per participant. This excludes admission fees and tram rides.


  • 5-6 hours (includes training and guiding session)

*We offer free admission to selected Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs). Contact us for more information.

Keen to volunteer?

Drop us an email to find out more about our different volunteer programmes and we'll help you decide which is best suited for you!