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Volunteer

More than 350,000 visitors come through Zoo Boise’s gates each year.  In order to provide a fun, educational facility offering a variety of programs and events we depend on the help of our dedicated volunteers.

Whether conducting tours and programs, interpreting exhibits, assisting animal care staff, or helping with special events, volunteers contribute greatly to Zoo Boise and its conservation mission. Whatever your talents and reasons for volunteering, Zoo Boise has a niche for you. No prior animal experience required, but a passion for wildlife and conservation is!

To learn more about our General Volunteer Opportunities and to begin the application process click here.

Current Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Zoo Naturalists

Volunteers will be working with the public in a variety of ways, and will rotate through six areas as needed.   Minimum 4 hours per week, March  – October  (With an option to run until late November).  The six areas are: butterfly exhibit, education stations, zoo farm, giraffe feeding station, sloth bear encounter, and the Wallaby Walkabout.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week, March-October
  • Shift times are 9am-1:00pm  or 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday through Sunday
  • Participate in a 20 hour volunteer orientation
  • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
  • Pay a $40.00 program fee
  • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
  • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Desire to further develop customer service, public speaking, and teaching skills (training provided)
  • Interested in educating public about wildlife conservation
  • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense annually
  • Submit to a Federal background check

Click Here to Apply

Animal Care Volunteers

Animals are the reason visitors attend Zoo Boise. Animal Care volunteers assist the Animal Care staff in creating a comfortable home for the animals and beautiful exhibits for visitors to see. Positions are often available in the following sections: Primates and Penguins, Small Animal Kingdom, Birds and Binturong, Small Carnivores, and Hoofstock. Due to the danger involved, volunteers do not work in enclosures of large carnivores or inside primate enclosures. General responsibilities include: exhibit maintenance (removing feces and bedding from exhibits and cleaning the glass), diet preparation and feeding some of the animals, animal observations, preparing animal enrichments, and opportunities to cross-train on other sections after one year of service.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must commit to one shift per week for one year
  • Shift times are 8:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday through Sunday
  • Participate in a volunteer orientation
  • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
  • Pay a $40.00 program fee
  • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
  • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Great customer service and ability to work well with visitors
  • Good physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Willing to get dirty!
  • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense
  • Submit to a Federal background check

Click Here to Apply

Conservation Discovery Station Hosts

Conservation Discovery Station Hosts will engage visitors by hosting an education station for school students where students will learn about wildlife conservation through the presentation of animal biofacts and activities.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week, April – May
  • Shift time is 10:15 am-12:15 pm Monday – Friday
  • Participate in a volunteer orientation
  • Successfully complete an introductory period of 8 hours
  • Able to contribute a $10 program fee (Note: financial assistance is available, please contact the Volunteer Services Office)
  • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
  • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Be friendly and outgoing
  • Desire to further develop customer service, public speaking, and teaching skills (training provided)
  • Interested in educating public about wildlife conservation
  • Willing to submit to a Federal background check

Benefits:

  • Unlimited admission to Zoo Boise for extent of active volunteer service
  • Discounts on education programs and gift shop or food café purchases
  • Zoo Boise day passes: Conservation Discovery Station Host volunteers will receive 3 day passes at the end of their volunteer position.

Click Here to Apply

Conservation Cruise Captains

Volunteers will have the opportunity to educate Zoo Boise visitors while driving the Conservation Cruise across the lagoon into Africa. Captains will teach visitors about the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund, recently funded projects, and how they can contribute to wildlife conservation. General responsibilities include: safely driving the Conservation Cruise boat from dock to dock, educate visitors about exhibits, conservation needs, Zoo Boise’s conservation efforts, and recently funded projects, generate excitement amount visitors regarding their positive impact for conservation, and collect Conservation Cruise fee ($1 per person).

Requirements:

  • Must be over 21 years old
  • Must commit to one shift per week for six months
  • Shift times are 10:00am – 1:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Monday through Sunday
  • Participate in a 12 hour volunteer orientation
  • Participate in boat trainings
  • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
  • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
  • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Submit to a Federal Background check
  • Ability to work well with visitors, good customer service
  • Interested in educating public about wildlife conservation
  • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense annually
  • Pay a $40.00 program fee

Click Here to Apply

 

Special Events

Zoo Boise hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including Easter EGGstravaganza, ZooDaze, and Boo at the Zoo. To ensure these events are successful, Zoo Boise relies on help from both adult and teen volunteers. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Applications and materials fees are not required for volunteering at special events. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Please contact at least two weeks in advance.

Community Service Group Projects

Are you part of an organization, such as a work, youth, or school group that is interested in a Community Service Project? Zoo Boise frequently has exhibit enhancement and landscaping projects available. Zoo Boise may guide you with your own conservation project. The minimum age for participation is 15. To begin the process for group participation, please fill out this application You will hear back when your application has been received, but your project will not be confirmed any sooner than four weeks before your requested project date. For more information please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

ZooTeen Program

Are you a teen looking for an opportunity to spend the summer at the zoo? Please visit our ZooTeen program page to learn more!

 

Zoo Naturalists, Animal Care Volunteers, and Conservation Cruise Captains also receive the following benefits: