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Volunteer at the zoo

Volunteer talking to visitor
Learn about the Wildlife Leaders Volunteer Program (ages 13 to 15), accepting applications Feb. 7 to 28.

The 2023 general volunteer program is full

We recruit a limited number of volunteers in the spring for a summer-focused program that will participate solely in our habitat roving role. Please check back in April 2024 for more information.

This opportunity:

  • can be a family or individual volunteer experience
  • provides a chance to make a difference and help the zoo
  • has an age minimum of 10 years old with a parent, 15 years old without a parent

Please note:

If you're 10-14 years old, you must volunteer with one consistent adult, such as a parent, relative, or close family friend.

The adult must actively participate in the summer volunteer program alongside the youth, including completing a separate volunteer application and attending orientation, training and actively participating in the volunteer program alongside the youth.

Please note that all 18 yrs old and older volunteers must complete a background check.

The Oregon Zoo is a community of animals, staff and volunteers. Volunteers play an important role in supporting the zoo's success by engaging with guests, communicating conservation messages, and supporting the evolving needs of the zoo.

Benefits of being a zoo volunteer include free zoo admission for some positions, acquiring new skills, and having fun working with some great staff and other volunteers.

Oregon Zoo wildlife leaders: 2024 teen volunteer pilot program 

Oregon Zoo Wildlife Leaders is a 10-week summer program for teens ages 13 to 15 with a passion for animals and conservation. 2024 is our first year offering this new program! Learn more. 

Volunteer animal behavior monitor

Oregon Zoo animal behavior monitoring volunteers primarily assist with various monitoring projects designed by the Oregon Zoo research staff and animal care staff. Learn more

Volunteer dive program 

Make a splash at the zoo! Certified SCUBA divers are invited to support marine life keepers with diving tasks in the marine area. Learn more. 

For current volunteers

Zoo volunteers' VIC net website

Related links

Volunteering with Metro's wildlife monitoring program
Volunteering at Metro's Native Plant Center
Volunteer restoration in Metro's natural areas
Volunteer opportunities at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts
Volunteer opportunities at the Oregon Convention Center