Thank you for your interest in becoming a Dallas Zoo volunteers. Adult volunteers must be 18 years or older, be a U.S. national and have a social security number (for our background check purposes).
For more information or questions about any adult volunteer opportunity, 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.
- A.D. Martin Sr. Forest Aviary Ambassadors
- Aquarium Ambassador – Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
- Giants of the Savanna Ambassadors
- Gorilla Research Station Ambassadors
- Guest Ambassadors
- Herpetarium Ambassadors
- Simmons Hippo Outpost 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, set to open at the end of April 2017, the Simmons Hippo Outpost. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!