ROYAL OAK, Mich. -

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is seeking individuals 18-years-old 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.

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

"Our new volunteer orientations set the stage for our program. We explain the opportunities and expectations, and current volunteers talk about their experience," says DZS Volunteer Services Manager Linda Denomme.

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

Volunteer orientation sessions are held in the Detroit Zoo's Ford Education Center, advance registration is required. Visit http://detroitzoo.org/volunteers/ to download an application.

For further information call, 248-541-5717, extension 3802 or e-mail volunteer@dzs.org.