General Volunteers

Group of Volunteers helping prepare for a Special Event Volunteers are vitally important to the Zoo.

Whether you love teaching people about conservation and animals in the wild, want to show off your ‘green thumb’, or have a real knack for filing and organizing, we have the job for you. Whatever you love to do, we can put your time and talents to good use.

Here are some areas that could use your help:

  • Special Events: Assist the marketing and education staff in hosting successful and educational zoo-wide events, including pre-planning activities, set-up, and clean-up.
  • Education: Assist the Education Staff in a variety of jobs including record keeping, supply preparation, research, administrative/clerical support, special events, assisting zoo guests, and other programming support.
  • Horticulture: Work with our horticulture staff on the daily requirements of park maintenance and assist with landscape management and habitat restoration projects.
  • EMT: Work with our Security and Park Services staff in providing basic first aid and life support to ill or injured zoo guests. Assist with reuniting lost children and parents.
  • Conservation: Work with the Conservation Director on a variety of projects and initiatives such as Quarters for Conservation, Greening and Sustainability, Creek and Butterfly Garden, and other administrative support such as research, writing, and preparing supplies.
  • Administration: Provide clerical support to a variety of departments such as: Education, Conservation, Marketing, Membership, Group Services, and Development. Projects and tasks will vary by department.

Application Process:

General volunteer positions are for candidates age 18 and over. Interested candidates should download, complete, and submit a Volunteer Application at least 2 weeks prior to the next orientation date. All general volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Information Meeting. Meetings are held three times per year (January, May, and August). Please see our Calendar of Events for our next meeting date and time.

After we receive your application, we will contact you to confirm that your application has been received and you have been accepted for the New Volunteer Information Meeting. *You must receive confirmation that your application has been received and an invitation to attend the meeting. New Volunteer Information Meetings are limited to 30 applicants.*

At the meeting you will receive an overview of the Zoo and all of our volunteer programs. There is an optional tour of the zoo following the meeting. Once you have attended a New Volunteer Information Meeting and chosen an area for your volunteer service, your application will be forwarded to the appropriate department. You will then be called for an a department specific interview. You should expect to be contacted by the department within 2-4 weeks of the meeting date.

Contact Information:

Have questions? Please look over our General Volunteer FAQs sheet. You may also email Lisa O'Dwyer, Volunteer Programs Manager or call her at (510) 632-9525 ext. 141.