Volunteer Program

Volunteers are a crucial element for Zoosiana.

Thank you for your interest in Zoosiana's Volunteer Program.  The following is a brief description of the program, including requirements and expectations.  Interested people are considered for admission into the program after submitting a complete application and one letter of recommendation from a non-relative, as well as passing an interview with the General Curator.

Our volunteers help out in numerous areas around the Zoo, and many events and programs offered by Zoosiana would not be possible without volunteer help. Volunteers, in turn, are able to give back to the community and have a truly unique volunteer experience. Zoosiana currently offers several different volunteer opportunities. If you are interested and meet the basic requirements, fill out the Form of Interest and we will be in touch!


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a clear background check
  • Attend a 1-hour orientation
  • Complete 15 hours of basic training
  • Be present for at least 2 monthly visits
  • Sign up for at least 1 special event per year
  • Pay a $40.00 recruitment fee


  • The Volunteer Program (also called the Zoo Crew) is an extension of the Animal Department, although several positions and duties occur outside of the department.  The primary focus of the program is to assist in educating zoo guests and providing them a personal and memorable experience at Zoosiana.  The secondary focus is providing select assistance to the Animal Department Staff.


  • This 1-hour course is held by appointment only.  It includes an explanation of the Zoo Crew information binder and a brief tour of the Zoo.


  • Upon completion of 100 volunteer hours, you will be eligible to receive a Zoo Crew t-shirt.

What is the difference between the Zoosiana Intern and Volunteer Programs?

  • The Volunteer Program is designed to cultivate a long-lasting relationship between Zoosiana and the volunteer.  Volunteers participate in multiple areas of the zoo and are here for both their own enjoyment and to benefit the zoo.
  • The Internship Program is designed for people who are on a college-level academic path and who will be at Zoosiana for a specified length of time.  Interns are here to meet certain and select requirements in the program and apply that progress towards their coursework.

To begin the process, complete and submit the Form of Interest, below.  We will follow up with a complete application soon.

Complete the form to start the application process!

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