Youth Volunteer Program Youth volunteers are high school students age 14-17 years old interested in volunteering either for school credit or to gain valuable work experience. Because of the popularity of our youth volunteer program, we accept youth volunteers for one of three semesters: fall, spring, or summer. Fall and spring volunteers are expected to volunteer one day a week after school, and summer volunteers are expected to volunteer one day a week for either a morning or afternoon session. To be considered for a youth volunteer position at APEC, candidates must complete the application below and return it to the volunteer coordinator before the listed application deadlines. Youth volunteers are also expected to attend a scheduled interview and orientation.
Application deadlines: FALL - August 16th | SPRING - December 16th (Due to Covid-19, our Spring volunteer session will not run) | SUMMER - May 16th
Adult Volunteer Program An adult volunteer is a volunteer 18 years old or older interested in gaining volunteer experience, but does not need it to complete a college level course requirement. To be considered for an adult volunteer position at APEC, candidates must complete the application below and attend a scheduled one-on-one interview with the volunteer coordinator. While we are flexible with our volunteer schedule, we prefer candidates who can commit to a particular day of the week and who can commit no less than 30 hours to APEC in a year
College Internships APEC accepts undergraduate and graduate students who are required by their college or university to complete an internship project at an outside organization. We accept college interns on a case-by-case basis for fall, winter, spring, and summer sessions. Our interns have been a vital component of our education and animal care departments for many years, and we have many exciting opportunities for interns to complete projects and gain work experience.
To be considered for an internship with APEC, please complete the application below and return it to the volunteer coordinator along with a copy of your resume and a 500-word statement of purpose detailing your internship requirements and goals, the type of work you hope to do as an APEC intern, and what you hope to get out of the internship.
Please know before you apply that our internship program at this time is unpaid, and that APEC is not a scientific research facility.
The environmental center is located in Alley Pond Park, surrounded by lush nature trails where visitors can enjoy NYC's natural landscapes. Guests are welcome to attend one of APEC's many nature oriented programs for all ages and visit the center's animal ambassadors. Please explore our website to learn more and register for programs.