Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals 18 years and older. Opportunities for high school students ages 14-18 can be found on the Zoo Teen page.
Animal Care volunteers play a vital role by assisting zoo keepers in exhibit maintenance, diet preparation, and behavioral enrichment. Animal Care volunteers should be prepared to work in all weather conditions and must be extremely dependable — animal lives are dependent on animal care personnel! Positions may be available in the following areas: Commissary, Deserts, Encounters, Marine Mammals, Plains, Primates, and Oceans.
Volunteer gardeners help staff at either White River Gardens or on Zoo grounds with Zoo Horticulture.
Duties for both areas include routine plant care, such as watering, pruning, fertilizing, weeding, planting, and transplanting. Horticulture volunteers should be prepared to work in all weather conditions and must be dependable.
Are you an engaging and fun storyteller, a caring and inspiring friend, a trustworthy and energetic leader, and a guide who's at home in the wild? If so, then you have what it takes to speak in our "Voice of the Zoo" and would make an excellent Naturalist. We are always on the prowl for people passionate about animal conservation.
exhibit openings to events on Zoo grounds, Special Event volunteers
play an integral role in making Zoo events a success. Annual events,
such as Zoobilation, Zoo Boo, and Christmas at the Zoo, are dependent
upon volunteers to run smoothly. Positions are varied based on the needs
of each event.
Individuals with special needs and their support staff can assist our Guest Services staff in the following ways:
Greeter — A stationary position to thank guests for coming to the Zoo,
collect maps for recycling, and stamp hands of guests who are
temporarily leaving the Zoo but plan to return later that same day.
Grounds Care — Walk the Zoo and help keep the grounds clean by picking up debris.
Needs Volunteers and support personnel should fill out the Volunteer
Application and check Special Needs. Rather than attend the Volunteer
Program Introduction, these individuals will schedule a meeting with
Volunteer Services to discuss the specific opportunities available.