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Adult Zoo Volunteer Program

Zoo Ambassador Training- Required of All New Volunteers

If accepted into the program, Zoo Ambassadors need to complete training that requires attendance in a two-day classroom training session on a fixed schedule followed by three 3-hour mentored shifts with an experienced zoo volunteer on a flexible schedule. Successful applicants need to be available to attend both complete days of one session listed below and need to have availability to schedule mentored shifts in the weeks following the training session:

  • Session 1: Tuesdays, February 16 & 23, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days
  • Session 2: Saturdays February 20 & 27, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days
  • Session 3: Thursdays, March 31 & April 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days
  • Session 4: Saturdays, April 2 & 9, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days
  • Session 5: Thursdays, May 19 & 26, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days
  • Session 6: Thursdays, June 9 & 16, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days
  • Session 7: Saturdays, June 11 & 18, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days


Zoo Ambassador - Ongoing Needs

Volunteer Docent- Becky

These activities are open to all zoo volunteers:

Ambassador Roving Shifts: Walk the entire zoo, greeting and assisting as many guest as possible

Special Events: Assist in a variety of ways at zoo events, from ticket taking and crowd control to assisting children with arts and crafts

Community Outreach: Assist staff in talking with the public at a zoo booth at community festivals and events


Wildkeeper Projects: Assist zoo staff with behind the scenes projects. Tasks vary but most are fairly physical and take place outdoors

Continuing Education: Attend a variety of trainings, lectures and other learning opportunities that are offered throughout the year 

Volunteer Family Farm

Family Farm Contact Area: Provide guests with a hands-on animal experience, help clean the yard, and work directly with the farm animals

Giraffe Feeding: Assist zookeepers and guests at public feeding opportunities. Additional training required.  Available to volunteers in their second year.

Animal Watches: Assist with animal observations and data collection. Limited openings occur on an as-needed basis. Additional training may be required.


Docent Volunteer Position - Additional Training Program

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Current zoo volunteers may apply to become a Zoo Docent. Additional application and successful completion of an extensive program are required.

Docent Position: Present education programs to zoo guests and play an integral role in communicating the conservation and education goals of the zoo. Requires 72 hours per year including 30 core hours of docent-specific activities. Some docent activities require a regular schedule and additional training.


Other Volunteer Positions - Limited Openings

Current zoo volunteers may apply for these positions as openings arise. Require a weekly commitment on a regular day and time for a minimum of 6 months.


Zoomazium Volunteer: Work with our youngest guests. Facilitate play, read a story or even help put on a puppet show.

Youth Programs Volunteer: Assist staff in working with middle and high school students off-site at local schools and in the community

Rose Garden

Rose Garden Volunteer: Assist in horticulture maintenance and daily care of the City of Seattle's public Rose Garden

Browse Gardens Volunteer: Assist in maintenance of various plants gardens on zoo grounds that will be used as enrichment for zoo animals.

Animal Unit

Animal Unit Volunteer: Assist zookeepers, mainly by cleaning animal areas and work spaces. Some positions require an annual TB test.

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