Zoo Ambassadors

Volunteer to support a Summer Scavenger Hunt at the Oregon Zoo

ZooAmbassadors are volunteers who facilitate a family friendly scavenger hunt that engages people to conserve wildlife around the world.

This entryway to volunteering at the zoo is available for those as young as 10 years old, and asks for a commitment to attend at least 7 volunteer shifts between mid-June to early September. Often, ZooAmbassadors choose to schedule themselves for a regular weekly shift during the summer season. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy talking to people or who want to build these skills. The zoo provides training, educational opportunities, and support throughout the summer. Please note that Zoo Ambassadors do not work directly with zoo animals, but they will learn and speak about a few focal species.

Zoo Quest, with its activity stations lead by ZooAmbassadors, is a free and hands-on conservation learning program that the zoo runs every summer. Motivated by the challenge of solving clues, Zoo Quest participants travel around the zoo to locate themed activity stations. ZooAmbassadors facilitate educational experiences for guests as they play tactile games that encourage conservation behaviors at home. This is an engaging, explorative way for guests to learn specific issues facing animals around the world.

2020's ZooQuest theme is about the impacts of plastic pollution on both wildlife and humans, inspired by the arrival of the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" exhibit at the Oregon Zoo. Zoo Ambassadors will learn all about the impact of plastics, as well as how to prevent and reduce plastic waste. If you're someone who is passionate and recycling and waste reduction, consider joining us this summer!

Important Details

ZooAmbassadors welcomes a wide audience of volunteers.

  • Youth who turn 10 before June 20th, 2020 can participate.
  • Youth ages 10-14 are required to volunteer with an adult. Youth 14-17 may volunteer unaccompanied by an adult.
  • Adults 18 or over must pass a background check to participate.
  • Our program welcomes job coaches or personal aides for program participants. If you have a client interested in this program please contact our Community Conservation Volunteer Coordinator before submitting an application.

There is a modest fee to participate. Income based fee assistance is available.

We ask that all volunteers be able to commit to attending at least 7 shifts, in addition to attending an orientation and training. ZooAmbassador shifts will run every day of the week from mid-June to early September, with a morning shift that will tentatively run from 9:30am-1:00pm and an afternoon shift from 12:15pm-3:45pm. Orientations and trainings will take place in May and June.

Interested in being a ZooAmbassador?

Applications will open in early spring 2020. Please check back to this web page at that time.