Animal Volunteers

Animal Volunteers work under the direct supervision of the Animal Care staff. They will perform routine work assignments involving maintenance and care of Zoo exhibits and enclosures. They may also participate in research and/or behavior studies.

General Responsibilities

General responsibilities include exhibit maintenance (removing feces and bedding from exhibits and cleaning the glass), diet preparation, animal observations, preparing animal enrichment, and opportunities to train in another section after one year of service.

Please note: This is a highly competitive program with limited spots. All applicants will be reviewed and selected based on availability, experience, and commitment. Any Animal Volunteers found not meeting requirements may be removed from the program at any time.

  • Time Commitment: 192 monitored hours of service required per year (16 hours per month)
  • Training: 10-week training course plus an online component and shadowing requirements
  • Scheduling: Communicated and determined between Volunteer and Animal Team


  • Passing five online courses focused in zoo animal care and procedures
  • Proof of a negative TB test required by Orientation
  • Must successfully complete all necessary training prior to volunteering in an animal contact area
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