Volunteer at the Zoo

Make a commitment to wildlife, to your community, and to conservation– join the Sacramento Zoo volunteer team! The Sacramento Zoo sees over 500,000 visitors each year, and volunteers are critical in making each person’s visit a magical one. Whether it’s greeting guests, scooping ice cream, or scooping poop, your contribution makes a huge impact in the success of this wonderful community Zoo!

Become a Zoo Ambassador      Become a Teen Volunteer

Boo at the zoo – Volunteers Needed

The Sacramento Zoo is looking for volunteers to help us at Boo at the Zoo, a two-day Halloween event! We will need volunteers on October 28th and October 29, 2017 between 10 am and 5 pm in order to help us do a variety of things including candy distribution, face painting, trash pick up, and more!

No application fee or orientation required.

Volunteer for Boo at the Zoo

Being a volunteer for over 30 years is very rewarding. I get so much more out of giving my time where I know it’s needed and always appreciated. I would encourage others, looking for a place to volunteer, to consider the Sacramento Zoo. It’s been, and continues to be, my pleasure to be a volunteer for the Sacramento Zoo. I highly recommend it!
Jill Moznett Robillard

Want to Be a volunteer?

All volunteers must start as a Level 1 Zoo Ambassador.

already a Zoo Ambassador?

If you are already a Zoo Ambassador and want to move to a Level 2 position  such as Keeper-Aide, Docent or Garden Volunteer, find out more below.

Want to be a Zoo Teen or Camp Counselor?

Teen Volunteers & Camp Counselors: Ages 13 to 19

Teens can explore animal-related careers while gaining work experience. As part of our summer camp and year-round Zoo Teen programs, teen volunteers help teach children and families about the animals, the environment and conservation. Visit the Teen Volunteer page, to sign up. For more information email the Teen Coordinator today or call 916-808-7709.

I volunteer with the Zoo Teen program because I want to give back to an amazing zoo that has provided so many years of entertainment for me and my community. As a Zoo Teen, I’m learning more on what goes on to making sure a zoo is fully functioning and providing proper education for the public.
Bella Hopkins, Teen Volunteer since 2016

Frog Watch USA

Help native wildlife and be a Citizen Scientist

Sign up to be a volunteer for our local chapter of Frogwatch USA! Email for more information..

Sacramento Valley Frogwatch is one of more than 50 chapters throughout the United States, and the information gathered and submitted by volunteers has given scientists invaluable information about frog population numbers and species location.

For all other volunteer inquiries, email the Volunteer Coordinator.