Animal Care Volunteers

Discounted Programs



October-March, Monday-Friday

About the Program

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.


Internship Timetable

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.

Application Information


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 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.


Please email us or call (510) 632-9525 x141 if you have more questions about our Animal Care Volunteer Program.