Volunteer

Volunteer

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.

Public

Docent
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.
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.
This programme offers volunteers with a keen interest in zookeeping an opportunity to experience the work that goes into animal care. By assisting our keepers in their daily tasks volunteer keepers gain insights into the best wildlife husbandry practices and contribute to animal care at Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS).


Applicants may choose to volunteer with any of the following teams:

  • Avian
  • Aquatic
  • Carnivore, Small mammals, and Marsupials
  • Domestic Animals
  • Herbivores
  • Fragile Forest
  • Primates
  • Reptiles

1.0 Pre-requisites
 
Applicants must:
 
  • Be 18 years old and above
  • Have prior experience in husbandry work or an existing Docent/Conservation Ambassador who has volunteered for at least 24 hours with us
  • Able to commit 5 days a week for at least 4 weeks or weekly for at least 1 year
Note: International applicants must be eligible to apply for Work Holiday Pass (WHP) or Training Employment Pass (TEP). Refer to Ministry of Manpower website for more information.
 
1.1 Responsibilities
 
  • Clean and maintain exhibit areas and animal dens
  • Prepare daily feeding for animals
  • Record observations of enrichment conducted by keepers
  • Observe and assist keepers during commentary/guest engagement/token feeding sessions
The above are the generic duties for a Volunteer Keeper. Click here to find out more about the specific responsibilities for the respective Zoology team.
 
1.2 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 volunteer period.
 
Refer to availability of positions for 2021 here.
 
1.3 To apply
 
  • Prepare a cover letter & recommendation from relevant organizations indicating prior husbandry experience. Docent/Conservation Ambassador with no prior husbandry experience to include record of volunteer hours with WRS
  • Submit application form and relevant documents online here
Shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview two months after the application closes.
 
1.4 Application Fees
 
Applicants who passed the interview will submit a non-refundable fee to proceed with the application.
 
  • 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 
1.5 Vaccination requirement
 
Successful applicants will be required to take the following vaccinations:
 
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
If you have taken these vaccinations before, please ensure that they are still valid at the time of your volunteer period.
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
  • 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 formatInterpret 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.
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.   

Schools

Wildlife Buddies
In this programme, students lead their buddy on a virtual journey to create an online animal-themed story book. Through collaborative work, students get an opportunity to discover their strengths, the importance of teamwork and conflict resolution. We encourage you to match students with varying levels of language proficiency to highlight the importance of perspective taking and empathy. Training will be provided for students to support them in the book creation process.  Participants may contribute their e-books to us for sharing with the community, and receive a complimentary ticket for their buddy.
In this programme, students serve as guides for their buddies, who may be young children or clients from Social Service Agencies, to facilitate meaningful and memorable visits to our parks. Through real life guiding, students get an opportunity to practise empathy, understand the importance of teamwork and communication and discover their strength. Training in guiding and communication skills will be provided.   
This Work Experience Programme offers students an opportunity to be exposed to the various careers at WRS parks. Through assisting our staff in their daily tasks, they gain understanding to the work that goes into operating a zoo and the skills required to work in a team.
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.   

Corporate

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!