ADULT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
As a volunteer, you are an ambassador for Woodland Park Zoo and are an important part of the zoo team. Once admitted into the WPZ volunteer program, you will complete training to become a zoo ambassador. Through this training, you will learn how to find your way around our large and complex zoo campus, communicate with zoo visitors, answer questions about some of the zoo’s most popular zoo animals, exhibits and conservation projects, and learn about the essentials of zoo safety procedures and volunteer guidelines.
Recruitment - Volunteer Program Orientation
If you are interested in volunteering, you must attend a Volunteer Program Orientation. At this Orientation, you will learn more about the zoo's adult volunteer program (age 18 and older) including the details of volunteer requirements, commitment, and the training schedule. You will have the chance to see what sparks your interest, ask questions and submit an application. Applications are only available by attending an Orientation.
Volunteer recruitment is conducted on an as needed basis. We have two Orientations in January; Saturday, January 4 at 10 am or Wednesday, January 8 at 10 am (you only need to attend one.) The Orientation lasts from 1.5 to 2 hours. No need to RSVP, just show up on time! If you cannot make one of these, don't worry, as future Orientations will be scheduled on varied days based upon need.
All Volunteer Program Orientations are held in the zoo’s PACCAR Auditorium in the Education Center, located just inside the South Entrance at N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N. If you park in a zoo parking lot, you will need to pay for parking at one of the parking kiosks before entering the zoo. At the entrance, tell the admissions staff that you are here for the Volunteer Program Orientation.
Adult Volunteer Requirements and Positions
All regular volunteer opportunities:
- are open to individuals age 18 and older
- have a $25 program fee
- require beginning volunteer service by completing zoo ambassador training
- require a minimum of 72 hours annually with a minimum one year commitment
Once you have completed zoo ambassador training, you may begin volunteering as a zoo ambassador or explore your interests in other aspects of zoo operations by applying for one of the other specialty positions listed below. Some positions involve a weekly shift and have specific physical and skills requirements. Click here for volunteer positions.
Woodland Park Zoo is currently not accepting new service groups.
A short-term volunteer opportunity,
If you cannot find the answers to your questions about volunteering or need additional help please contact program staff at 206.548.2450
ZooCorps Teen Program staff at 206.548.2699 or email@example.com