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Adult Opportunities

Zoo Ambassadors

  • Guest Ambassadors
  • Gorilla Research Station Ambassadors
  • Giants of the Savanna Ambassadors
  • Herpetarium Ambassadors
  • Koala Walkabout Ambassadors

Zoo Ambassadors are dedicated to educating guests about animals, natural history, wildlife conservation, and new happenings at the Dallas Zoo. They serve as interpretive guides in stations throughout the Zoo, including the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Station, the Giants of the Savanna, the Herpetarium, and our newest attraction opening March 2012, Koala Walkabout. This new exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, kookaburras, and lorikeets in an Australian themed setting.  Zoo Ambassadors are trained to utilize biofacts, animal observation, interesting facts, and conservation messages to help interpret Zoo animals and exhibits for our guests.   This placement is ideal for people who love to learn, have good verbal communication skills, and enjoy interacting with diverse audiences.

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453


Special Project Volunteers

These volunteers assist our organization in many unique ways. Individuals with special skills (welders, carpenters and electricians) are needed for projects throughout the year.

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.


Special Event Volunteers

Special event volunteers staff a wide variety of events held at the Zoo and Aquarium throughout the year. They provide hospitality and information, staff games and activities for children and may assist with set-up or preparation work. This position requires flexibility, enthusiasm and a love of people.

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.


Research Aide Volunteers

Research Aides assist in collecting and compiling animal behavior data crucial to our conservation mission. The welfare of Zoo animals, as well as the survival of species, is impacted by conservation research conducted in zoo settings. This placement is ideal for detail-oriented people who enjoy working independently. Time commitments vary by project. Placements in this area are limited. Research projects are often not available and many are of very brief duration.  For this reason, Research Aide volunteers are usually selected from within the group of those who are already volunteering at the Dallas Zoo in other capacities.

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.


Keeper Aide Volunteers

Keeper Aides work behind-the-scenes with our keeper staff to help care for our diverse collection of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. This position provides an opportunity to learn from Zoo professionals as you assist with many critical daily tasks that impact an animal’s health and welfare. These positions require the ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to perform physically demanding work in all weather conditions. The work can be strenuous and dirty. Volunteers must make a commitment of one morning shift per week, 7 a.m. to noon, on the same day each week for one year. (Flexible schedules are not available.) There may be a waiting list for placements in this area.

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.


Horticulture Volunteers

Horticulture volunteers assist the Zoo’s horticulture crew in maintaining our plant collection on grounds or in the greenhouse. We also have an adopt-a-bed program – a great opportunity for corporations, garden clubs and youth groups!

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.


Animal Nutrition Center Volunteers

Animal Nutrition Center volunteers assist the Zoo’s nutritionist in the preparation of animal diets. If you’ve always wondered what elephants and chimpanzees eat each day, this is a fascinating opportunity to participate in the behind-the-scenes care and feeding routine of our Zoo animals. Volunteers must commit to one morning shift per week.

For more information, email volunteers@DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7453.