ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 16, 2014 – Forget the bone-chilling cold and record-breaking snow, and experience the warm and fuzzy feeling of volunteering for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). The DZS is seeking individuals 18 years and older to guide and assist visitors at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo for the 2014 season.

Volunteer recruitment and training begin in the spring to prepare for the peak summer season. Training is offered for seasonal and year-round opportunities, including those in the Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure and Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is welcoming new volunteers as well.

The remaining 2014 orientation dates are Saturday, May 10, 9-11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, June 4, 6-8:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6-8:30 p.m. Visit www.detroitzoo.org and click on the "Volunteers" link for orientation details and descriptions of all volunteer positions.

"Our new-volunteer orientations set the stage for our program. We explain the opportunities and expectations, and current volunteers talk about their experiences," said DZS Volunteer Services Manager Linda Denomme. "The time commitment is very flexible and starts at just twenty hours during a calendar year."

No experience is necessary to become a Detroit Zoological Society volunteer, just a friendly and outgoing personality. Volunteers enjoy many benefits in exchange for their valuable time, including discounts and an annual volunteer appreciation party.

"While volunteers do not come in direct contact with the animals, they participate in a learning experience that is both fun and meaningful," said Denomme.

Volunteer orientation sessions are held in the Detroit Zoo's Ford Education Center; advance registration is required. Visit http://detroitzoo.org/volunteers/volunteering-detroit-zoo to download an application. For further information call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3802 or email volunteer@dzs.org.