Animal Care Volunteers work alongside a keeper, assisting with daily animal care, which includes cleaning of exhibits and night houses, chopping diets, raking, hosing, making enrichment items, and much more. Our volunteers in the animal care department are an integral part of the daily care of the animals. Thanks to the time and dedication given by our volunteers, the animals' lives are more enriched.
If you are a student, due to the considerable differences between the end dates for semester and quarter-system schools, the start dates for the summer session will vary greatly depending on when your school year ends. Whether you start at the beginning or the end of that time frame, you will still get the same program experience.
Summer (May–September): March 15 (start date is flexible—anytime between May 15 and June 25)
Fall (September–December): July 15
Winter (January–April): November 11
Download and complete the Oakland Zoo Intern Application.
|Animal Care Volunteer Application|
Submit your entire application packet or via email or mail to:
Oakland Zoo Volunteer Program
P.O. Box 5238
Oakland, CA 94605
After we receive an application, we will contact the applicant and sign them up for Volunteer Information Meeting where they will learn more about the Oakland Zoo and our volunteer programs and be interviewed. Candidates selected will receive an acceptance email. Once an applicant is accepted in the program, a $20.00 program fee is required as well as proof of a negative tuberculosis test within the last year and a tetanus shot within the last ten years. These items must be turned in before you start volunteering. Final acceptance is also dependent upon a background check. Those accepted will attend an Animal Care Volunteer orientation (held several weeks after the Volunteer Info Meeting), and are typically 30-60 minutes long. During the orientation new volunteers learn about volunteer policies and procedures, and be given time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. We will also collect the $20 non-refundable volunteer fee and issue uniforms.
Please email us or call (510) 632-9525 x141 if you have more questions about our Animal Care Volunteer Program.
P.O. Box 5238
9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605
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