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Volunteer FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

  • You complete a volunteer inquiry form (link to form here). You will receive a confirmation email that we received it.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to attend a volunteer information meeting and/or general orientation session.
  • You complete an online background check prior to the general orientation session.
  • Applicants who clear background screening will be invited to attend a general orientation class, specific training and mentored shift (as necessary).
  • Volunteer program staff will communicate with you via e-mail or telephone to keep you informed as you move through the application and training process.

Other Considerations:

  • Secure all necessary means of transportation before applying.
  • You will receive a t-shirt and nametag that will be required to wear during your volunteer shift.
  • Confirm that you are able to complete 2 shifts per month (4 hours/month) for 6 consecutive months with a minimum of 25 hours annually. *Event crew minimum number of shifts does not apply.
  • Under that volunteer positions are based on the interests and skills and the zoological society does its best to match volunteers with appropriate roles. You may be asked to try other positions if one is deemed to not be a best fit.
  • Please note that volunteers are not permitted to work with any of our animals outside of the education department. This decision is for the safety of our guests, volunteers, and animals.