Volunteer at the zoo

The Oregon Zoo is a community of animals, staff and volunteers. Volunteers work all over the zoo and beyond, from helping guests have a great visit to offsite presentations.

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. Choose a program that works for you:

Zoo Ambassadors

A summer program for volunteers ages 10 and older. Ambassadors receive five hours of training and work one 4-hour shift per week, interacting with visitors at seasonal exhibits for approximately 10 weeks, from late June to early September.

Community event volunteers

Community event volunteers are 12 years and older and commit to work one day, interacting with visitors at one of the zoo's annual community events. No pre-event training is necessary.

ZooTeens

This is a summer volunteer program for students entering 9th to 12th grades. ZooTeens commit to pre-season training and regular shifts for approximately 10 weeks, from mid-June to early September.

ZooGuides

ZooGuides are adults (over age 18) who are able to make a long-term volunteer commitment. ZooGuides receive 34 hours of initial training and on average a weekly volunteer shift. A volunteer's skills and interests shape his or her work at the zoo while fulfilling the zoo’s needs. Volunteers share the zoo’s conservation message on grounds, in animal enrichment, community based conservation projects and zoo events.

Internships

The zoo offers internships on an as-needed basis in fields ranging from animal care to volunteer management. They are available for college and graduate-level students, generally with a three-month term.

Group volunteering

This happens year-round at the zoo on landscaping projects. Groups must be between five and 10 members for youth or 20 members for adults, with a minimum age of 12 years, and possess a willingness to work outside one day for four hours, rain or shine, cold or hot.

Volunteer dive program

Certified SCUBA divers are invited to support marine life keepers with diving tasks in the marine area.

For current volunteers