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Join the fun at the Los Angeles Zoo!

Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of “Nurturing Wildlife and Enriching the Human Experience,” from helping with office work to assisting our animal keepers.

If you have a love for our natural world, an interest in spending time with visitors of all ages, and are able to complete the required training, we invite you to join this dedicated team. There are several ways in which you can volunteer your time, including becoming a docent, serving as a general volunteer, or starting out as a student volunteer.

All volunteers must submit an application through our website or U.S. mail, which will be reviewed by our Volunteer Department staff. Depending on the needs of the Zoo at the time, and/or your field of interest and experience, you may be contacted for an interview. Please note, there is limited space in our programs. Once accepted into the program, applicants will receive an orientation and appropriate training for specific assignments or programs. You will also be required to provide a negative tuberculosis test (taken within three months of your submission) and successfully complete a fingerprint background check.

Helene Jacobs gardening at the LA Zoo Photo Credit Jamie Pham
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