Although we are currently accepting applications, due to the temporary closure, we do not have dates for our next training session. Candidates who have submitted applications will be informed of a training date once the Zoo has reopened and we are ready to begin accepting new volunteers again. We hope to have your support in the future.

Student Volunteers

Student Volunteers Make a Difference!

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.– 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 activities, 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 application deadline has passed for the 2020 Winter/Spring Student Volunteer Class. Those applying between now and mid-October 2020 who will be in the 9th or 10th grade in the Fall 2020 will be invited to the Student Volunteer Information Meeting in early November 2020.

If you are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible for the General Volunteer Program.

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

Click here for more information about volunteer opportunities.

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

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