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Volunteer recruitment for 2017 has concluded.
Please check back with us in December 2017 for 2018 recruitment dates.







Volunteers are ambassadors for Woodland Park Zoo and an important part of our zoo team.  We seek individuals available for a long-term commitment who are excited about engaging with and inspiring our guests.

The primary focus of zoo volunteers is interacting with zoo guests.  Volunteers rove the zoo offering information and assistance, participate in public programs offered at the zoo, and help at a variety of special events.

Once established within the program, volunteers also have the opportunity to apply in other aspects of the zoo's operations: from animal care to horticulture to education, as well as leadership roles within our volunteer program.

Our program offers all volunteers opportunities to continuously learn more about conservation and animals, and to make an impact every day through this active role in the zoo community.


Adult Volunteer Program Requirements

The Woodland Park Zoo Adult Volunteer Program requires:

  • A minimum one-year commitment
  • Volunteer service at least twice per month April-September totaling at least 8 hours per month and service at least once per month October-March totaling at least 4 hours per month
  • A one-time $30 program fee (there is no fee to apply)
  • Successful completion of Zoo Ambassador Training


Volunteer Program Info Session

You must be at least 18 years of age and attend a Volunteer Program Info Session in order to apply for the volunteer program. During this informational meeting, you will learn details about the volunteer commitment, schedule and training requirements. You will have the chance to see what sparks your interest, ask questions and complete an application. Please note that applications are only available by attending an Info Session.

We have filled all of our volunteer recruitment needs for 2017. Please check back on December 1, 2017 for Orientation dates in early 2018.

Click here to read more about volunteer training, activities and positions.

 Current WPZ Volunteer VIC Access (click here)

Service Projects

Woodland Park Zoo is currently not accepting new service groups.


Other Opportunities

Short-term volunteer opportunities

Jungle Party
Internships and Job Shadowing
Zoo Careers


Adult Volunteers

If you cannot find the answers to your questions about volunteering or need additional help please contact program staff at 206.548.2450


Teen Volunteers

ZooCorps Teen Program staff at 206.548.2699 or