Adult and ZooCorps teen volunteers are the heart of our mission to save animals.



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 two days of training and need to have availability to schedule mentored shifts in the weeks following the training session.



Zoo Ambassador - Ongoing Needs

These activities are open to all zoo volunteers:

Ambassador Roving Shifts: Walk the entire zoo, greeting and assisting as many guests as possible. Opportunities may include assisting with wildlife theater events, Family Farm Contact Area, Molbak's Butterfly Garden and many more actvities that enhance the zoo experience for guests.

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 off-site community festivals and events.

Zoomazium or School Visit Volunteer: Work with our youngest visitors while on zoo grounds. Facilitate nature play in Zoomazium or assist inquisitive students with their questions.



Docent Volunteer Position - Additional Training Program

Current zoo volunteers may apply to become a Zoo Docent. An additional application process and successful completion of an extensive training 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 6 months.

Animal Unit Volunteer: Assist animal keepers by cleaning animal areas and work spaces. Certain positions require an annual Tuberculosis (TB) skin test.

Horticulture Volunteer: Assist in maintenance of various plants and gardens on zoo grounds (including the Woodland Park Rose Garden) that will be used as enrichments for zoo animals. 

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