Volunteers

Looking for internships? See our Internships page for more information (Internships are only for college-level students who are studying biological sciences).

Applications
To apply as a volunteer, download the volunteer application (PDF) or use the online application form.
  1. Education Volunteers/ Docents
  2. Gift & Concession Volunteers
  3. Horticultural Volunteers
  4. Special Event Volunteers
  5. Zookeeper Assistant
  6. Zoo Admin Volunteers
  7. Zoo Ambassadors
Education Department Teen Volunteers

Saturday Programs


Morning and afternoon sessions are held most Saturdays during fall, winter, and spring. Volunteers are needed for Zoo Tots (ages 2-3) and Saturday Safaris (ages 4-9). Volunteers will help children make crafts, play games, assist with animals, and accompany children on adventures in the zoo. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

School & Home School Programs


These classes, designed for grades K-12, occur on weekdays during the school year. Help engage young minds with the world of animals in formal classes. Assist staff with props, biofacts, and live animals in teaching an appreciation of the natural world and the value of conservation. They help with artifacts, materials, and animals. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
  

Overnights


The teen volunteer will assist in behind-the-scenes visits, animal encounters, activities, crafts, games, a flashlight safari, set up and break down. Teen volunteers must be at least 16 years old to assist with an overnight at the zoo.
  

Zoo Camp


Morning and afternoon sessions are held from June through mid August. Volunteers assist with crafts, games, and animals as the campers explore the animal world at our zoo. Visit with staff behind-the-scenes to show how a modern zoo works. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
  

Special Events

  
Special Event Volunteers will be involved with various jobs and activities essential to supporting the success of special events. Duties may include, but not be limited to, meeting and directing the general public, setting up for events, cleaning after events, and other activities designated by the zoo staff.

Required Knowledge & Skills
  • Volunteers are ages 14-17 years old
  • Volunteers must possess good endurance
  • Must be able to follow both written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to work environment
  • An 80 hour commitment minimum during the summer and a 20 hour minimum commitment during the school year is required
  • Acceptance is contingent upon passing a drug test.
  • Training fees apply
  • If accepted as a volunteer, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the last year

Education Department Docents
Adult (18 years and older) volunteers called docents interact with visitors to answer questions regarding animals year round. May also help zookeepers with special projects such as behavioral observation of animals.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Docents may be as young as 18
  • Docents must possess good endurance
  • Must feel comfortable communicating with public in group setting and one on one; must be able to follow both written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to work environment
  • Acceptance is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screening.
  • If accepted as a docent, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the last year
Process for Volunteering or joining the Docent program
To apply as a volunteer or docent, fill out the volunteer application (PDF)
You may also complete our online application form Volunteers and docents will be scheduled for and interviewed by the Education Department once we receive the application. Once approved, the volunteer docent will be assigned a training date. Fees do apply for volunteers and docent training. The education volunteer application deadline is April 11, 2017; a mandatory training for volunteers will be on Saturday, May 13, 2017.