Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Phoenix Zoo!

The Zoo relies on over 300 active volunteers to support our staff and mission of “providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.” Volunteers help us through active service in nearly a dozen departments and over one hundred roles. Whether in education, fundraising, horticulture or assisting keepers, volunteers make an impact every day. If you are looking for an incredibly rewarding long-term service opportunity, you have come to the right place!

Short Term Opportunities______________________________ 

Roars & Pours Happy Hour Series

(March 30, April 20, May 18)

The Zoo’s new spring gathering for those 21 and over.  Guests will enjoy the Zoo as the sun goes down, while experiencing some of the Valley’s best local brews. The evening will also include animal encounters, entertainment and activities. All volunteers for these events must be 21 years of age or older and have a valid form of ID.



 Earth Day

Come together April 22 at the Phoenix Zoo for a day focused on “Sharing the Earth!” Get hands on with fun, earth-friendly activities that will help improve the future of the environment and all of its creatures by learning to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle!  Volunteers will be assisting in a variety of roles for our Earth Day event.

Help the planet


Coming Soon… Wild on the Greens

April 27 Golf Tournament Presented by Crescent Crown Distributing


Día del Niño

Join us April 30 for Día del Niño, a celebration of children, animals and Hispanic culture!  This is our largest daytime event and is full of music, games, entertainment and prizes for our guests.  We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist us with a variety of fun activities and experiences throughout the Zoo. Spanish language proficiency is preferred but only mandatory for Guest Service translation positions.  Don’t miss this unforgettable day at the Phoenix Zoo! Gracias!!



Corporate Volunteers
The Zoo welcomes corporate, agency and organized community volunteer groups to help fulfill the Zoo’s project needs. All group volunteers must be age 18 or older. Volunteer groups are typically scheduled for projects/shifts lasting up to four hours or less. Most Zoo projects can accommodate a group size of 10-35 individuals. Groups larger than 35 can be accommodated, please contact us for more information. Learn more


Long Term Opportunities_______________________________

ZooTeens (14-17 years old)
ZooTeens are a select group of teens, 14-17 years old, who explore their interest of animals, nature and conservation through volunteer service at the Phoenix Zoo. ZooTeens share their interests with our Zoo guests at a variety of interpretive stations throughout the Zoo, provide mentoring and educational opportunities to Camp Zoo participants, and are eligible to work with and learn from our world-class animal keepers. Learn more

Adult Volunteer Program (18 and older)
Our Adult Volunteer Program is for all individuals ages 18 and older with the ability to pass a background check, commit to 75 yearly hours, and comfortably interact with guests as a representative of the Zoo.  We do not accept individuals seeking court-ordered service hours and at this time we cannot accept international applicants. Learn more

Wildest Club in Town (21 and older)
The Wildest Club in Town is for emerging professionals and Zoo enthusiasts age 21 or older. Members share a passion for wildlife conservation and seek to engage in volunteerism and philanthropy in a forum of community minded, energetic and up-and-coming leaders. With a goal to increase organizational support and awareness, membership provides an enriching experience through environmentally focused volunteer opportunities, creative fundraising projects and exclusive invitations to Wildest Club in Town member events. Learn more