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Student Volunteers

Student Volunteers Make a Difference!

Student Volunteers at the LA Zoo Photo credit LA Zoo

Our student volunteer class is open to high school students entering the 9th or 10th grade in the fall. Students participate in a 12-week course, meetings on consecutive Sundays, January-March, from 9:30 a.m.– 4:00 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 stations, Zoo Patch Program, Teen Talks, Muriel’s Ranch and more.


Applicants must enjoy working with children and adults of all ages.

Required Hours per Year



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

All Student Volunteers 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.

Student Information Meeting

The next information meeting for the 2018 Winter/Spring class will be held on November 4, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium. This information meeting is mandatory for all Student Volunteer applicants and their parent or guardian. The meeting will provide an overview of the class, program, and requirements of both the Student Volunteer and their parent. Students must bring a copy of their current report card. The parent meeting will end at 1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending please complete an online application and send an RSVP to [email protected]. Please include 1) the student’s name 2) contact phone number 3) email address.

Applications will be accepted through October 28, 2018.

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

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For more information, please call (323) 644-4702 or send an email to [email protected].

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