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 Mandai Wildlife Reserves (MWR).


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 Keeper Volunteer. Click here to find out more about the specific responsibilities for the respective Zoology team.
 
1.2 Application Period
  • 1 January to 28 February
  • 1 July to 31 August
Refer to availability of positions 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 Mandai Wildlife Group ('The Group')
  • 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 Update vaccination requirement in accordance to HR guidelines
 
All successful applicants will be required to provide proof of valid COVID-19 & tetanus vaccination. Volunteers based at Primate sections will need additional vaccination and blood tests. 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 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
  • 1 January to 28 February
  • 1 July to 31 August
Refer to availability of positions 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.
This programme offers individuals with diving qualifications an opportunity to volunteer their skills and care for freshwater animals at River Wonders. By assisting our aquarists in their daily tasks, volunteers gain insights into the best wildlife husbandry practices and contribute to animal care at Mandai Wildlife Group ('The Group').

1. Pre-requisites

Applicants must

  • Be 21 years old and above
  • Be a Singaporean, Singapore Permanent Resident, or a Dependent's Pass holder
  • Have a valid diving certification from NAUI / PADI / SSI
  • Able to commit to 12 sessions (4 hours each) for at least 1 year
2. Responsibilities
 
Aquarist Volunteers assist Aquarists at River Wonders in their daily duties. The volunteer work includes both non-diving husbandry duties and scuba diving activities in River Wonders exhibit tanks. This includes the following duties:
  • Cleaning of exhibits (both diving and non-diving)
  • Food preparation
  • Life-support system maintenance (such as cleaning of filters, system overhaul)
  • Scuba diving activities:
    • Vacuuming and collecting organic matter;
    • Wiping of viewing windows;
    • Feeding session; and 
    • Animal handling
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 the Group. 
  • Submit application form and relevant documents online here.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified for an interview two months after application.
 
4. Application Fees
 
Applicants who passed the interview will submit a non-refundable fee of $30.00 to proceed with the application. 
 
5. On-Job-Training (OJT)
 
Upon acceptance, volunteers will be required to attend 2 full days of OJT. They will also have to: 
  • Pass the Dive Medical Assessment conducted at the Group-appointed medical clinic (at own cost).
  • Pass Dive Orientation on last day of OJT.
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

Values in Action
Storytelling is a powerful tool to connect people with one another and with wildlife. In this virtual programme, students work with their buddies to create an animal-themed e-storybook. Aligned to MOE's 21st Century Competency Framework, this learning experience encourages teamwork, and hones communication and perspective-taking skills.    

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! 

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