Volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of “nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience.”

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 many opportunities to join L.A. Zoo’s family of volunteers. Learn more by clicking the button on the spotlighted opportunity below.


New Opportunity: Become a Docent Specialist

Our Docent Specialist courses are brief deep-dives into focused areas of zoology, ecology and conservation. Our upcoming specialty course will be on Birds, Birds, Birds!

Birds, Birds, Birds! at a glance:

  • Three Saturday classes: March 19, March 26, and April 2
  • Information Meeting: NEW DATE: Saturday, February 19 at 10 a.m.
  • Equal in-class / in-Zoo components
  • Bonus learning activities
  • Learn the answers to these questions and many more:
    • What animals have superhero traits like flight, “bionic” eyes and ears, super strength and super speed?
    • Who is Peek-a-Boo Jack?
    • How does an embryo “breathe” inside an egg?
    • What ecological roles do birds serve?

Visit the Docent Specialist page for more information and a link to the application.


Docent Specialist
Docent Specialist

After completing a deep-dive into select zoological areas of study, Docent Specialists have many opportunities to serve as on-grounds and virtual ambassadors.

Docent Volunteer
Docent Volunteer

Recruitment for this program remains on hiatus. Check back for updates in the Summer.

Featured Volunteer
Featured Volunteer

Lifelong animal lover Sydney Baitman started volunteering at the Zoo in 2004, starting a journey that would ultimately change her life.

General Volunteers
General Volunteers

General Volunteers assist on grounds with guests, behind the scenes with animal care, in the office with staff, and out in the community with our neighbors. Interested in being a part of this team? Click to learn more!

Internships
Internships

No internships currently available.

Keeper/Animal Care Volunteers
Keeper/Animal Care Volunteers

Learn more about our Keeper / Animal Care volunteer program.