Volunteer recruitment for 2014 has concluded.

Please check back in December of 2014 for 2015 recruitment dates. 








As a volunteer, you are an ambassador for Woodland Park Zoo and are an important part of the zoo team. Once admitted into the WPZ volunteer program, you will complete training to become a zoo ambassador. Through this training, you will learn how to find your way around our large and complex zoo campus, communicate with zoo visitors, answer questions about some of the zoo’s most popular zoo animals, exhibits and conservation projects, and learn about the essentials of zoo safety procedures and volunteer guidelines.

Recruitment - Volunteer Program Orientation

If you are interested in volunteering, you must attend a Volunteer Program Orientation. At this Orientation, you will learn more about the zoo's adult volunteer program (age 18 and older) including the details of volunteer requirements, commitment, and the training schedule. You will have the chance to see what sparks your interest, ask questions and submit an application. Applications are only available by attending an Orientation.

Volunteer recruitment has ended for 2014, as orientations are held on an as-needed basis.  We have filled our classes for 2014, so please check back with us on December 1, 2014 for the first Orientation of 2015.

Adult Volunteer Requirements and Positions

All regular volunteer opportunities:

  • are open to individuals age 18 and older
  • have a $25 program fee
  • require beginning volunteer service by completing zoo ambassador training
  • require a minimum of 72 hours annually with a minimum one year commitment

Once you have completed zoo ambassador training, you may begin volunteering as a zoo ambassador or explore your interests in other aspects of zoo operations by applying for one of the other specialty positions listed below. Some positions involve a weekly shift and have specific physical and skills requirements. Click here for volunteer positions.


Current WPZ Volunteer VIC Access (click here)


Woodland Park Zoo is currently not accepting new service groups.


A short-term volunteer opportunity,


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


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