Family Volunteers

Families who would like to volunteer together may do so as Zoo Ambassadors! They will welcome and assist guests by greeting them at the front entrance, presenting education discovery stations, and educating guests at our Zoo Farm. They provide information to guests concerning the Zoo, the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund, directions, guidelines, programs, and events.

Family Zoo Ambassador Requirements:

  • Up to two children (ages 10+) may volunteer side-by-side with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
    • Must commit to a minimum of 24 hours of service May-September
    • Shift Times: 10:00AM – 12:00PM, 12:45PM – 2:45PM
  • Attend a volunteer interview – families attend together
  • Complete a 4-hour orientation
    • Parents and child(ren) must attend
  • Successfully complete an introductory period of 15 hours
  • Pay a $50 volunteer fee per family member
    • Note: Financial assistance is available. Please contact the Volunteer Services Office for more details.
  • 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 as a family (training provided).
  • Interested in educating the public about wildlife conservation.
  • Must submit a negative TB test for each participating family member at own expense annually.
  • Must be willing to submit to a Federal background check if deemed necessary by Zoo Boise staff.

Community & Group Volunteer Opportunities

We depend on volunteers to provide a fun, educational, and conservation-driven experience for each and every person that comes to Zoo Boise.

Adult Volunteering Options Are Available

No prior animal experience required, but a passion for wildlife and conservation is!