Join the fun at the Los Angeles Zoo!
Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of “Nurturing Wildlife and Enriching the Human Experience,” from helping with office work to assisting our animal keepers.
If you have a love of 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 several ways in which you can volunteer your time; please follow the links to the left to explore our programs and find the opportunity that is right for your particular interests or click on the link below for more detailed description of some of our assignments.
All volunteers must submit an application through our website or U.S. mail, which will be reviewed by our Volunteer Department staff. Depending on the needs of the Zoo at the time, and/or your field of interest and experience, you may be contacted for an interview. Please note that there is limited space in our programs. Once accepted into the program, applicants will receive an orientation and appropriate training for specific assignments or programs. You will also be required to provide an annual negative tuberculosis test and successfully complete a fingerprinting – background check.
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is lucky to have one of the finest groups of volunteers in the country. Donating more than 180,000 hours of service last year, volunteers provided visitors with a unique and personal Zoo experience.
Our featured volunteer is Mary Ann Prag, an L.A. Zoo docent since 2000, who goes above and beyond to help whenever and wherever needed.