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Adult Zoo Volunteer Program

Zoo Ambassador Training - Required of All New Volunteers

If accepted into the program, Zoo Ambassadors must complete training that requires attendance in a two-day classroom training session on a fixed scheduled followed by a minimum of two 3-hour mentored shifts with an experienced zoo volunteer on a flexible schedule. Successful applicants need to be available to attend both complete days of one session listed below and need to have availability to schedule mentored shifts in the weeks following the training session:


We have filled all of our volunteer recruitment needs for 2017. Please check back on December 1, 2017 for 2018 Orientation dates.


Zoo Ambassador - Ongoing Needs

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These activities are open to all zoo volunteers:

Ambassador Roving Shifts: Walk the entire zoo, greeting and assisting as many guests as possible.

Special Events: Assist in a variety of ways at zoo events, from ticket taking and crowd control to assisting children with arts and crafts.

Community Outreach: Assist staff in talking with the public at a zoo booth at community festivals and events.


Wildkeeper Projects: Assist zoo staff with behind the scenes projects. Tasks vary but most are fairly physical and take place outdoors.

Continuing Education: Attend a variety of trainings, lectures and other learning opportunities that are offered throughout the year.

Zoomazium Volunteer: Work with our youngest guests. Facilitate play, read a story or even help put on a puppet show.


Volunteer Family Farm

Family Farm Contact Area: Provide guests with a hands-on animal experience, help clean the yard and work directly with the farm animals.

Animal Watches: Assist with animal observations and data collection. Limited openings occur on an as-needed basis. Additional training may be required.


Docent Volunteer Position - Additional Training Program

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Current zoo volunteers may apply to become a Zoo Docent. Additional application and successful completion of an extensive program are required.

Docent Position: Present education programs to zoo guests and play an integral role in communicating the conservation and education goals of the zoo. Requires 72 hours per year including 30 core hours of docent-specific activities. Some docent activities require a regular schedule and additional training.


Other Volunteer Positions - Limited Openings

Current zoo volunteers may apply for these positions as openings arise. Require a weekly commitment on a regular day and time for a minimum of six (6) months.


Youth Programs Volunteer: Assist staff in working with middle and high school students off-site at local schools and in the community.

Rose Garden

Rose Garden Volunteer: Assist in horticulture maintenance and daily care of the City of Seattle's public Rose Garden.

Browse Gardens Volunteer: Assist in maintenance of various plants gardens on zoo grounds that will be used as enrichment for zoo animals.

Animal Unit

Animal Unit Volunteer: Assist zookeepers, mainly by cleaning animal areas and work spaces. Some positions require an annual TB test.

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