Volunteer at the zoo


The 2023 summer volunteer program is full

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 parent, 15 years old without 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 attend orientation, trainings and actively participate in the volunteer program alongside the youth.

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

The Oregon Zoo is a community of animals, staff and volunteers. Volunteers play in 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 volunteers. 

For current volunteers