Animal Care Volunteers


About the Program

Animal Care volunteers work alongside a keeper assisting with daily animal care including cleaning of exhibits and night houses, preparing 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 our animals. Thanks to the time and dedication given by our volunteers, the animals' lives are more enriched.



Download and complete the Animal Care Volunteer Application. Submit your entire application packet via email or mail to:

Oakland Zoo Volunteer Program

P.O. Box 5238

Oakland, CA 94605


After we receive your application, you will be contacted for a Volunteer Information Meeting where you will learn more about the Oakland Zoo and our volunteer programs. A brief interview with an ACCR representative will follow the meeting. These meetings are held in February each year.


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