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General Information

The Zoo relies on over 300 active volunteers to support our mission: connecting people to each other and the natural world to promote understanding, appreciation and conservation. Learn about volunteer open houses, qualities, and requirements.

Animal Volunteers

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


Our longest-running volunteer program, Zoo Docents are dedicated volunteers who serve as educators and interpreters at animal habitats throughout the Zoo. In addition, they provide tours and assist with a variety of educational programs both at the Zoo and out in the local community all year long.

Team Habitat Volunteer Program

Team Habitat volunteers assist with projects for all departments at the Zoo. Projects range from light physical duty such as painting doors to more physically challenging projects such as cleaning/reorganizing Zoo areas after big special events.

Zooscaper Volunteer Program

Zooscaper volunteers assist with projects for the Horticulture Department. Projects range from light physical duties such as planting, weeding, mulching, and watering, to more physically challenging projects such as moving deadfall and clearing brush.

Guest Ambassadors Volunteer Program

Guest Ambassadors assist guests by answering their questions, directing them to various attractions in the zoo, and making suggestions for more satisfying visits. Guest Ambassadors serve the public throughout the grounds, providing basic information, directions and Zoo history. This group also helps with exhibit openings, special events and line control.
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