Student Volunteers Make a Difference!
Our student volunteer class is open to high school students entering the 9th or 10th grade in the fall. Students participate in a 12-week course, meetings on consecutive Sundays, January-March, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. to learn about conservation and ecology issues, biomes, and abbreviated taxonomy of the plants and animals at the Zoo.
Upon successful completion of the class, students are eligible to apply to become a part of the Student Volunteer Program and participate in and help with the Zoo’s special events, education stations, and assist with ZooWorld Patch Program, Animals & You Teen Talks, World of Birds Show, and Muriel’s Ranch, as well as much more!
Applicants must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages.
Required Hours per Year
To ensure the highest quality teaching techniques and understanding of the material, successful Student Volunteers complete 12-week training program learning about the plants and animals found at the Los Angeles Zoo.
All Student Volunteers must maintain a family or individual membership with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. In addition, all active Student Volunteers must attend an annual update session and pass the annual test with a minimum score of 90%. For the safety of the animals, visitors, and fellow staff and volunteers, an annual negative tuberculosis test is required of all GLAZA volunteers and must also be fingerprinted by the City of Los Angeles upon acceptance to the program.
Student Information Meeting
The next information meeting for the 2017 Winter/Spring class will be held in November 12, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium. This information meeting is mandatory for all Student Volunteer applicants and their parent or guardian, and will give an overview of the class, program, and requirements of both the Student Volunteer and their parent. Interviews will be held this day only, so please plan on attending until 3:00 p.m. and remember to bring a copy of your current report card.
If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to [email protected] and include “Student Volunteer” in the subject heading. Because of the popularity of this program, only the first 100 RSVPs will be accepted for a place at the information meeting.
Please note that space for this program is limited.
For more information, please call (323) 644-4702 or send an email to [email protected].