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Keeper/Animal Care Volunteers

If you’re interested in our Keeper / Animal Care volunteer program, please submit a completed City Volunteer Application, resume, cover letter, and proof of at least 100 hours working with large/exotic/wild animals at a facility other than the LA Zoo. The latter can be in the form of a time sheet or a letter from your supervisor. Vet tech or pet store experience does not apply. If accepted into the program, you are required to submit a current TB test (within three months) and commit to a minimum of two eight-hour days per month. Interviews for this are held quarterly.

You can accumulate animal care experience by contacting any of the following places (keeping in mind that the minimum age requirement for most of these positions is 18 years):

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Animal Care Experience Suggestions

Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach (562) 951-1659
California Wildlife Center Malibu (818) 222-2658
Exotic Feline Breeding Compound Rosemont (661) 356-3793
Gibbon Conservation Center Santa Clarita (661) 296-2737
Living Desert Museum Palm Springs (760) 962-5339
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center Torrance (310) 972-7725
Marine Mammal Care Center San Pedro (310) 549-5677
Natural History Museum (Live Animal Program) Los Angeles (213) 763-3534
Santa Ana Zoo Santa Ana (714) 836-4000
Santa Barbara Zoo Santa Barbara (805) 962-5339
Wildlife Waystation Angeles National Forest (818) 899-5201

Other Suggestions

Local Animal Rehabilitation Centers
Equestrian Centers*
Dairy or Agriculture Centers*

*Please note, experience with horses/cattle will be taken into consideration on a case by case basis.

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