Conservation Volunteers


About the Program

Conservation Volunteers work at our animal stations to interpret our conservation initiatives to Zoo guests of all ages! Choose between our Quarters for Conservation or Beads for Chimps stations, as well as special events such as Earth Day and other fundraising events.

Thanks to our Conservation Volunteers, our Zoo guests truly understand the global impact our Zoo makes for animals.


Requirements for all Conservation Volunteers:

Five Steps to Becoming a Conservation Volunteer

Ensure you meet all of the requirements of becoming a Conservation Volunteer and can commit to at least one 2-hour shift per week for 6 months. Download and complete the Oakland Zoo Conservation Volunteer Application.

Step 1—Apply
Step 2—Attend a Volunteer Information Meeting

Meetings are held in February.  During the meeting you will learn about The Oakland Zoo, our mission and history, the various volunteer programs the Zoo offers, and the volunteer time commitment for each position.

Step 3—Conservation Interview

Interviews are conducted after the meeting where volunteer coordinators will discuss your chosen volunteer role, your background, and your availability. If you are a match for their needs, you will be accepted as a new volunteer and invited to a Conservation Volunteer Orientation.

Step 4—Conservation Volunteer Orientation

Conservation Volunteer Orientations are typically one hour and are held several weeks after the Volunteer Information Meeting and Interview. During the Orientation you will learn about the Conservation Department, volunteer policies and procedures, and then be given time for a self-guided tour of the Zoo. Your $20 non-refundable volunteer fee is collected and a t-shirt is provided.

Step 5—Volunteer!

Once you have attended the Conservation Volunteer Orientation, you begin training and working at your assigned station. Additional information regarding station training will be given during Orientation.


Please call (510) 632-9525 x141 or email us if you have additional questions regarding our Conservation Volunteer Program.