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______________________________
ZooLights has become a Valley family tradition and your generous gift of time ensures a wonderful holiday season for thousands of families and visitors. This year, ZooLights runs from November 27, 2019 – January 19, 2020 and is open for guests from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Volunteer shifts are 5 – 10:30 p.m., and volunteers are welcome to stay until 11 p.m. to assist in clearing the park of guests. We request 10 – 15 volunteers to help with this event each night. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older.
Noon Year’s Eve
Tuesday, December 31, 2020
It’s the end of the decade, but the beginning of an age! Phoenix Zoo is prepping for the return of the 20’s with Noon Year’s Eve. Noon Year’s Eve is a celebration of the accomplishments of the past year and what is to come in the next year. Help us with shoveling snow, ranger assistance, and crafts.
Noche De Reyes Magos/Night of Three Kings
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Celebrate Noche de Reyes Magos! This Latino holiday commemorates the day when the three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem and arrived bearing their treasured gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the Baby Jesus. Enjoy a night of live mariachi music, specialty Mexican food, games, activities and a chance to meet the Three Kings!
The Phoenix Zoo welcomes corporate, agency and organized community volunteer groups to help fulfill the Zoo’s project needs and attempts to coordinate volunteer days with interested groups whenever possible. All group volunteers must be age 18 or older. Most Zoo projects require a group size of 10 – 35 individuals. Groups larger than 35 can be accommodated; please contact us directly for more information.
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
Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary (18 and older)
Would you like to further your support of the world class Phoenix Zoo, while making friends and having fun? Join the dynamic Phoenix Zoo Auxiliary — proudly serving as the Zoo’s oldest volunteer fundraising organization since 1961— a year before the Zoo opened in November 1962. Since its inception, the Auxiliary has contributed over $3 million in funding to various projects and continues its proud tradition of ongoing support of our Zoo in numerous ways. 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