Volunteer Opportunities at Oakland Zoo

Make a Difference!

Interested in meeting people, working with animals, and having fun? Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, learn a new skill, share your knowledge with others, and make a difference. Oakland Zoo is always looking for volunteers to help us in a variety of departments. Join the over 500 volunteers that donate their time and talents as part of the Oakland Zoo family.


Inspire and Educate! Docents are a passionate and dedicated group of adult volunteers age 18 and older. They are on the front line with our visitors, teaching them about our animals and conservation, helping with special events, and enhancing the visitor experience.

Animal Care and Conservation Opportunities

Ever wonder what it is like to care for a giraffe, alligator, hornbill or hyena? If you are interested in learning about animal husbandry then volunteering or interning for Oakland Zoo's Animal Care department could be for you. We are looking for hard working individuals age 18 and older who respect animals and don't mind getting dirty. So break out those work boots and khaki pants and come to one of our volunteer orientations. Animal Care volunteers and interns are an important part of providing the best care we care for our animals. Come be part of the experience.

General Volunteers

We are always on the lookout for adults age 18 and older who want to volunteer their time and talents to help the animals of the Oakland Zoo. You can train to volunteer in any of the following departments: Special Events, Education, Horticulture, EMT, Conservation, and Administration.

Teen Vounteers

Oakland Zoo welcomes young people ages 13 and up who are interested in volunteering, in one of our well-regarded teen programs. Please refer to each program for descriptions of duties, application and orientation processes and frequently asked questions.

Community Groups

Oakland Zoo works with a variety of community groups (corporate, school, church, service, family) to complete habitat restoration, enrichment, and landscape management projects. We want to ensure that our animals are comfortable in their habitats and our grounds are well maintained. Staff and volunteers work together to make this happen! "Habitat restoration" might sound like a fancy way of saying weeding, but many of those weeds are like candy to our animals. They literally feast on the fruits for your labor.

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Thank you for volunteering at the Oakland Zoo. We really appreciate and value your time and dedication!
If you are a current volunteer you can click here to log your hours.


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