Volunteer at the Zoo
We couldn’t do what we do without our valued volunteers. Volunteers are valued members of the Zoo and Aquarium team, generously contributing over 100,000 service hours each year!
Get involved in wildlife conservation and research!
- Be a part of the behind-the-scenes work
- Make a real contribution to our mission
- Spread our conservation message
- Help care for our animal and plant collections
- Educate visitors of all ages
Prior zoo or aquarium experience isn’t necessary; we provide extensive training.
Check out our position descriptions for youth or adults to find the perfect opportunity for you to get involved!
Opportunities for Youth (ages 13-17)
Zoo Crew is perfect for teens who are interested in a career in the zoo field! You’ll gain hands-on experience and learn about the many different departments at the Dallas Zoo, including guest services, special events, education, animal care, and much more. Interested applicants must complete a Zoo Crew Training Program to be considered. Click HERE to learn more, or contact the Dallas Zoo Education department at 469.554.7300 or Education@DallasZoo.com.
Zoo Corps is a teen-led conservation program that strives to make a lasting impact on wildlife while engaging the community to take action. Zoo Corps will be completely virtual this year. The teens will pick a conservation topic to discuss and will present their real-world solution in the spring to educate the community.
Opportunities for Adults (18+)
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.
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 and 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 zoologists 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!
College Internship Program
The Dallas Zoo College Internship Program provides a learning opportunity for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited college/university in the United States. Interns become actively involved in the Zoo’s animal care departments, conservation/research efforts, operations, and/or administrative positions.