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Kansas City Zoo volunteers are a diverse team of individuals who love people and our Zoo. They enjoy interacting with and helping people from all walks of life. Our volunteers have a passion for animals and nature and love to share their knowledge with our guests.

Volunteering FAQ


We are looking for and select individuals who:

  • Are friendly, outgoing, dependable
  • Are interested in and care about people, animals and nature
  • Like being outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Are committed to providing our guests with the highest standards of customer service

Volunteer Open House:

Join us at a Volunteer Open House. Here you will learn all about getting involved at the Zoo. 

September 27th 4-5:30 p.m.

Click here to register for the Open House.

Adult Volunteers

Adult Volunteers Program Opportunities

All potential volunteers must submit an application to be considered for the Kansas City Zoo volunteer programs. Only completed applications (all fields filled in) will be accepted.  A background check and an interview are required. All volunteer applicants must attend a volunteer open house.  Additional training and a fee is required for certain programs. The fee covers your volunteer shirt, name badge, training materials and a background check. 

ALL Kansas City Zoo Adult Volunteers must:

  • Have an appreciation of wildlife and commitment to conserving our natural world
  • Enjoy meeting new people and providing excellent customer service to Zoo guests
  • Complete and submit Adult Volunteer Application
  • Attend one volunteer open house – offered monthly  (Dates are emailed after completion and receipt of your Volunteer Application)
  • Meet age requirements as defined for each opportunity
  • Pass a background check
  • Pay the fee for training materials, shirt and background check
  • Complete any on-site training as needed
  • Be evaluated annually

 Due to the physical and safety aspects of all Volunteer programs,  the Zoo reserves the right to suggest other volunteer opportunities that are a better fit. 

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteers (Volun-TEENS)

The Kansas City Zoo is a wonderful place for teens to gain experience with animals and nature, and connect with their community in a meaningful way. We offer a year-long volunteer program that is designed to be fun and educational while empowering teens to take a greater role in conservation efforts around their community.

VolunTEEN opportunities

Youth Volunteers

Designed for children ages 14 and above but must be accompanied at all times by an adult who has completed volunteer training.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

For more information, you can check out our Volunteering FAQ, or email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@fotzkc.org.