Zoo Ambassadors

We have a fun volunteer opportunity this summer, a program we call Zoo Ambassadors!

Zoo Ambassadors will volunteer to help with the Zoo Quest game for one 4-hr shift per week from mid-June to Labor Day. The Zoo Quest is a fun scavenger hunt activity that engages young zoo guests and their families. This year we will be exploring the impact of food waste on wildlife and offering easy, accessible ways our guests can help. Volunteers will become experts and run various hands-on learning stations around the Oregon Zoo to engage with the public and offer ways to help wildlife through reducing food waste.

This opportunity:

  • can be a family volunteer experience
  • is short term, June- August
  • is one 4-hr shift per week
  • requires 5 hours of training in late May/ early June
  • is a much-needed help for the zoo
  • provides a chance to make a difference
  • has an age minimum of 10 years old with parent, 15 years old without parent

Please note: Those who are 10-14 years old must volunteer with one consistent adult such as a parent, relative, or close family friend.

The adult must also actively participate in the Zoo Ambassador program alongside the youth, including completing a separate Zoo Ambassador application, attending orientation and trainings and actively participating in the Zoo Ambassador program alongside the youth.

Get involved and help the Oregon Zoo make a difference!

How to apply

Please complete the online application ZooAmbassador Application Form for each program participant

You will be asked to choose one of our orientation sessions to attend:

Wed April 26 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Sat April 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.- FULL
Sun April 30 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.- FULL
Sun April 30 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday May 2nd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Please note all volunteers who are 18 yrs old and older must successfully complete a background check.

Our program welcomes job coaches or personal aides for program participants, if you have a client interested in this program please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information prior to completing an application form.