2016 Orientation Dates
(attend one):

Saturday, January 9
Tuesday, January 12
Thursday, February 25
Saturday, February 27

*All Volunteer Orientations start at 10:00 a.m. in the Education Center Auditorium. No RSVP needed.  







Volunteers are ambassadors for Woodland Park Zoo and an important part of our zoo team.  We seek individuals available for a long-term commitment who are excited about engaging with and inspiring our guests.

The primary focus of zoo volunteers is interacting with zoo guests.  They rove the zoo offering information and assistance, participate in public programs offered at the zoo, and help at a variety of special events.

Once within the program, volunteers also have the opportunity to apply in other aspects of the zoo's operations: from animal care to horticulture to education, as well as leadership roles within our volunteer program.

Our program offers all volunteers opportunities to continuously learn more about conservation and animals, and to make an impact every day through this active role in the zoo community.


Adult Volunteer Program Requirements

The Woodland Park Zoo Adult Volunteer Program requires:

  • Minimum one-year commitment
  • Volunteer service at least twice per month Apr.-Sep. totaling at least 8 hours per month and service at least once per month Oct.-Mar. totaling at least 4 hours per month
  • A one-time $30 program fee (there is no fee to apply)
  • Successful completion of zoo ambassador training


Learn More and Apply!

You must be at least 18 years of age and attend a Volunteer Program Orientation in order to apply for the volunteer program. During this informational orientation, you will learn details about the volunteer commitment, schedule and training requirements. You will have the chance to see what sparks your interest, ask questions and complete an application. Applications are only available by attending an orientation.

2016 Orientation Dates*

  • Saturday, January 9, 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 12, 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 25, 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.

No RSVP is necessary. Orientations last 1.5 hours (please arrive promptly at the start time listed above) and are held in the zoo’s PACCAR Auditorium in the Education Center, located just inside the South Entrance at N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N. If you park in a zoo parking lot, you will need to pay for parking at one of the parking kiosks before entering the zoo. At the entrance, tell the admissions staff that you are here for the volunteer orientation.

*Future orientation dates may be scheduled on an as-needed basis. If scheduled, orientations will be announced here as soon as that determination is made. We are unable to accommodate those who would like to apply but are unable to attend an orientation.

Click here to read more about volunteer training, activities and positions.


Current WPZ Volunteer VIC Access (click here)


Woodland Park Zoo is currently not accepting new service groups.


A short-term volunteer opportunity,

Jungle Party
Internships and Job Shadowing
Zoo Careers


If you cannot find the answers to your questions about volunteering or need additional help please contact program staff at 206.548.2450


ZooCorps Teen Program staff at 206.548.2699 or zoocorps@zoo.org