Volunteer at the zoo


We are not currently accepting applications. Please check this website for updates in early spring.

Volunteers help engage with our guests at animal habitats for a minimum of one 3-hour shift per week. They share animal and habitat information with guests to enhance their experience.  

This opportunity:

  • can be a family or individual volunteer experience
  • 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:

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.

Metro is committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, Metro has implemented a vaccine requirement policy for employees, paid and unpaid interns and volunteers. This proof will be requested prior to the training class process.

Get involved and help the Oregon Zoo make a difference!

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