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.
Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Night Safari or Jurong Bird Park
For 21 years old and above
Deep interest in nature and wildlife
Keen interest in engaging guests on wildlife conservation
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
*Training fee will be waived for applicants who volunteered for at least 30 hours within a year in other capacity with Mandai Wildlife Group
Recruitment is currently on hold. Register your interest to be notified when recruitment resumes.
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:
Carnivore, Small mammals, and Marsupials
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.
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.
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.
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.
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').
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
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)
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
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).
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.
15 years of age and above
Enjoys interacting with people
2–5 hours, based on nature of the event
Commitment: Minimum 2 full days during the event period (e.g Zoolympix, Lunar New Year Awareness Booth)
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.
Value In Action : Wildlife Buddies Virtual
Min: 20 participants
Max: 25 participants
Students from Primary 4 and above
Understand the importance of communication in teamwork
Develop empathy for others through perspective taking
Be empowered in self-directed learning
Develop digital literacy
Takes place over two 1.5-hr online sessions
Requires students to log in with their individual devices.
*Training Fee (Zoo/RW)S$25
*Programme fees (includes admission for one return visit to Singapore Zoo or River Wonders)