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Adult Volunteers

Join the team of over 400 adult volunteers (18 and older) who contribute their time to help make the Zoo a great place to visit and to save animals in the wild! Our adult volunteers are offered training, support, invitations to special volunteer appreciation events, discounts on concessions and Zoo membership, and the opportunity to develop new skills and make new friends!

What Can you Do?

All shifts are guest-service oriented, but below are some areas of focus available to our adult volunteers. Please be aware that some of these opportunities may require additional training and/or an additional application process once accepted as a volunteer:

Animal Encounters – helping staff supervise guest interactions at Giraffe Feeding and Children’s Zoo

Interpretation – educating guests about the individual animals here at the zoo and what we are doing to save them in the wild

Education Program Assistant – helping staff to help teach classes and lead activities

Guest Services – greeting guests, answering questions, and helping to ensure their day is amazing

Keeper Aide – volunteer alongside our keeper staff and assist with habitat cleaning, enrichment, diet preparation, and more!

Zoo Events – assisting staff with various conservation and community events throughout the year

Animal Handler – help our guests get up close and personal with one of our ambassador animals

Details to Know

Approved applicants are contacted for a meet & greet with zoo staff and current volunteers at the end of the application period; a full day orientation is required if accepted.

Accepted volunteers must complete and pass a criminal background check at their own cost of $37, with potential additional fees according to your address history:

Additional Background Check Fees (pdf)

Due to background check procedures, you must be legally authorized to work in the United States. The required uniform is $30 and includes a T-shirt and name-tag. Additional uniform options are available for purchase.

Requirements and How to Apply

  • 60 hour annual commitment
  • Due to background check procedures, you must be legally authorized to work in the USA
  • Ability to communicate in English (additional language fluency is a plus!)
  • A negative TB test result

We are not accepting volunteer applications in 2020. Stay tuned for our next recruitment period; updates will be shared on this page.

Questions about our volunteer programs?
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Group volunteer opportunities may be available! Learn more

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We also have internships!