Student Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering and supporting the Los Angeles Zoo. Currently, recruitment for all volunteer programs is on hiatus. Once we are able to accept new volunteers again, this page will be updated with new opportunities and a link to apply online. Please check back in the fall for updates and keep an eye on the Zoo’s social media and membership publications. We hope to have your support in the future.


High school students entering the 9th or 10th grade in the fall are welcome to apply. Training for this program meets for 12 consecutive Sundays, January-March, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 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, Student Volunteers participate in and help with the Zoo’s special events, education activities, Zoo Patch Program, Teen Talks, Muriel’s Ranch, and more.

Please note that space for this program is limited and not all students who apply will be accepted into the program.

For more information, call (323) 644-9355 or email [email protected].

Program Information

  • Qualifications: Must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages. If you are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible for the General Volunteer Program.
  • Required hours per year: 60
  • Training: 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.
  • Special requirements: 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.