Coordinator of Volunteer Programs

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association

Title: Coordinator of Volunteer Programs
Division: Volunteer
Reports to: Director of Volunteer Programs
Status: Full time, non exempt

Under the direction of the Director of Volunteer Programs, the Coordinator of Volunteer Programs coordinates the day-to-day administrative operations of the Volunteer Program.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Responds to public inquiries regarding volunteer programs.
  • Reviews applications and schedules and conducts interviews, orientation, and training, for new volunteers and interns.
  • Recruits, schedules, and confirms volunteers for daily food prep, enrichment, on-grounds ambassador, and administrative volunteer assignments.
  • Recruits, schedules, and confirms docents and volunteers for VIP tours.
  • Writes edits, and distributes the weekly volunteer newsletter.
  • Supervises volunteer projects as needed, including training and briefing of volunteers.
  • Organizes, maintains, and updates volunteer files and database records.
  • Assist with the development and execution of education stations.
  • Supervises volunteer projects as needed, including training and briefing of volunteers. 
  • Assists with Docent Chair requests, as needed.
  • Assists current uniform committee chair with filling uniform orders, quarterly inventory of stock, and other requests.
  • Assists with miscellaneous duties including but not limited to; maintaining supply inventory for the entire division.
  • Has creative input and provides support for a variety of volunteer events.
  • Available to work GLAZA fundraising galas.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree or at least three years’ experience working in an administrative position, preferably in a nonprofit organization or cultural institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, develop, and maintain a close effective relationship with paid staff, volunteers, and Zoo visitors.
  • Demonstrated customer service skills, with the ability to answer questions effectively and handle guests’ and staff concerns with diplomacy and discretion. Skills in listening perceptively, conveying sensitivity and awareness. 
  • Demonstrated ability to write effective, grammatically correct letters and correspondence.
  • Ability to work weekends, occasional early mornings, evenings, and holidays as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks with effective follow-through.
  • Proficient knowledge of basic computer software programs, such as Word and Excel; the ability to learn new programs for data entry, such as Volgistics; and demonstrated ability to focus on a computer for extended periods during the day.
  • Demonstrated ability to use various types of office equipment, such as copiers, fax machines, telephones, etc.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to provide attention to detail.   
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as with a team and to problem solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain in a stationary position and focus on a computer screen for extended periods during the day.
  • Demonstrated ability to move throughout the Zoo grounds on a frequent basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to lift twenty-five pounds using proper safety techniques.
  • Possession of a valid Class C Driver’s License and satisfactory driving record for purposes of running errands for the Volunteer Division.


GLAZA is the independent, nonprofit support organization of the Los Angeles Zoo. We manage 7 essential departments, including development, membership, special events, site rentals, marketing and public relations, concessions, publications, and volunteers.

GLAZA is an Equal Opportunity employer, and we are committed to fostering diversity in our staff and on our Board of Trustees. Applications are encouraged from all persons, regardless of their race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical/physical/mental condition, pregnancy/childbirth and related medical conditions, age, marital status, or veteran status.

IMMEDIATE RESPONSE REQUIRED: To be considered for this position, applicants must email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]