If you’re interested in our Keeper / Animal Care volunteer program, please submit a completed City Volunteer Application, resume, cover letter, and proof of at least 100 hours working with large/exotic/wild animals at a facility other than the LA Zoo. The latter can be in the form of a time sheet or a letter from your supervisor. Vet tech or pet store experience does not apply. If accepted into the program, you are required to submit a current TB test (within a year) and commit to a minimum of two eight-hour days per month. Interviews for this are held quarterly.
You can accumulate animal care experience by contacting any of the following places (keeping in mind that the minimum age requirement for most of these positions is 18 years):
|Aquarium of the Pacific||Long Beach||(562) 951-1659|
|California Wildlife Center||Malibu||(818) 222-2658|
|Exotic Feline Breeding Compound||Rosemont||(661) 356-3793|
|Gibbon Conservation Center||Santa Clarita||(661) 296-2737|
|Living Desert Museum||Palm Springs||(760) 962-5339|
|Marine Mammal Care Center||San Pedro||(310) 549-5677|
|Natural History Museum (Live Animal Program)||Los Angeles||(213) 763-3534|
|Santa Ana Zoo||Santa Ana||(714) 836-4000|
|Santa Barbara Zoo||Santa Barbara||(805) 962-5339|
|Wildlife Waystation||Angeles National Forest||(818) 899-5201|
Local Animal Rehabilitation Centers
Dairy or Agriculture Centers*
*Please note, experience with horses/cattle will be taken into consideration on a case by case basis.