Zoo Ambassadors

Join the summer fun, become a Zoo Ambassador!

Be a conservation leader – become a ZooAmbassador!

This summer join our adventurous team of ZooAmbassadors! ZooAmbassadors are volunteers that run ZooQuest – a summer-long scavenger hunt held at the Oregon Zoo. This is the perfect opportunity for individual and family volunteering, with youth as young as 10 years old welcome to participate. This year we will be exploring the impact of wasted food on wildlife and their habitat by offering an easy and accessible way for guests to take action through simple steps in their kitchens and beyond.

To become a ZooAmbassador, you will receive 5 hours of training on wildlife protection, interpretation, and conservation as it relates to the ZooQuest game. As you volunteer, you can expect to gain a strong understanding of waste reduction strategies, guest engagement, and community conservation while running various hands-on learning stations around the Oregon Zoo. While these stations are near animal habitats, please note that Zoo Ambassadors do not work or interact with zoo animals.

Ready to jump in?

We are looking for ZooAmbassadors who are available to contribute a minimum of 20 hours from June 23 – September 3 (Labor Day weekend) 2019.  Zoo Quest runs daily from 9:30 am– 3:00 pm until the end of August and during Labor Day weekend. Volunteer shifts are 3.5 hours long and run from 9:00 am– 12:30 pm and 12:00– 3:30 pm. We are especially seeking volunteers who are available to support afternoon shifts or weekend shifts

This opportunity:

  • can be a family or individual volunteer experience*
  • is short term, June- September
  • requires 5 hours of training
  • 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.

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 Community Conservation Volunteer Coordinator for more information prior to completing an application form.

Get involved and help the Oregon Zoo make a difference!

How to apply

Complete an online application for each individual (adult or youth) interested in the program. You will also select an orientation session in your application. Orientation dates are also listed below.

Upcoming ZooAmbassador Orientations:

  • Sunday April 14, 2019, 9:30-10:30 am
  • Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6:00-7:00 pm  
  • Thursday May 9, 2019, 6:00- 7:00 pm  
  • Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:30-10:30 am