Volunteers are vitally important to the Zoo. Some people love to interact with the public and educate about the animals and the Zoo's conservation programs. Some people love to garden and donate their time to the ongoing landscaping efforts. Others like to be indoors and help with filing or organizing. Yet others like to build or paint and help build or repair the Zoo's builings, fences, and other structures. Whatever you love to do, we can put your time and talents to good use. We are looking for volunteers from around the East Bay and Bay Area to help with:
General volunteer positions are for candidates age 18 and over. Interested candidates should download, complete, and submit a Volunteer Application at least 2 weeks prior to the next New Volunteer Information Meeting. All volunteers must attend an information meeting. New Volunteer Information Meetings are held three times per year (January, May, and August). Please see our Calendar of Events for specific dates and times.
The information meetings provide an overview of the zoo and all of our volunteer opportunities. There is an optional tour of the zoo immediately following the meeting. Once you have attended an information meeting and chosen an area for your volunteer service, your application will be forwarded to the appropriate department. You will be called for a department specific interview. You should expect to be contacted by the department within 2-4 weeks.
If you are undecided regarding an area for your volunteer service, please download the General Volunteer Application. If you have decided you wish to volunteer with our Animal Care Department, please download the Animal Care Volunteer Application. Completed applications can be submitted via mail to: Oakland Zoo Volunteer Program, PO Box 5238, Oakland, CA 94605, email, or fax: (510)729-7324.
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