Volunteers

 Above all else, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is dedicated to the preservation of the Earth's natural resources.  We are proud to invite members of the community that share our passion to join our team as a volunteer.  Ages 14 on up are encouraged to become a part of our volunteer team. Whether you are interested in plants, animals or people, we have an opportunity for you!  For specific questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275 or mkesler@okczoo.com.


TEENS

Junior Curators

Junior Curator Program

Interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo? We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic teens to join our programs. Selected teens volunteer with keepers and staff to see what it takes to run the zoo and inspire the next generation.

2014-2015 Junior Curator Application
 ~ note the deadline is May 31st by 5pm

Junior Curators are selected once a year. Prospective volunteers and their parents may attend an optional information session on May 3 from 1– 3 pm, in the Rosser Conservation Education Center to learn more about the program. 

 Junior Curator FAQs

2014-2015 Junior Curator Recruitment Process:

  • Must be between 14 – 18 years by August 1.
  • Applications available May 1 – May 31 on this page and at Guest Relations.
  • Complete and return an application by the May 31 deadline.
  • Teens must attend the mandatory group interview on June 12, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.  If you are unable to attend this interview, you must email mkesler@okczoo.com for information on how to proceed. 
  • Teens must also attend a mandatory individual interview (dates announced at group interview).
  • Notifications are mailed to applicants in August.
  • Students accepted into the Junior Curator program train in September and begin in October.   


Job Shadow Program

Are you a high school student interested in careers in zoos or aquariums? Gain a better understanding of the field by applying to shadow a keeper for a day.  Please read details provided in link below for age and availabity restrictions and to download the application.

View Job Shadow Program Details


Scout Eagle and Gold Awards

Are you a Boy Scout seeking your Eagle Award or a Girl Scout seeking your Gold Award?  Partner with the OKC Zoo to develop a project that will help you earn your award and improve the Zoo!

Scout Project Program Details

Scout Project Checklist


ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


  • Must be 18 or older.
  • Must attend orientation and recruitment session.
  • Orientation begins at 10am followed by interviews. 
  • Held in the Rosser Conservation Education Center.
  • Applications available only during orientation.
  • Subject to background check, TB test and drug screening.

2014 Recruitment Dates:   
February 1, May 3, August 2, and October 4.

ANIMAL AREA VOLUNTEERS: 

Assist Zoo Keepers with their animal husbandry duties. Work behind the scenes to help clean, and maintain our animal exhibits and enrich the lives of our animal residents. A perfect fit for those looking to get experience in the field of zoology. Please note there is no unauthorized contact with animals! 

 View Animal Area Volunteer Job Description 


Horticulture Volunteers:

Use your green thumb to help our Horticulture team maintain our accredited Botanical Garden. Learn from our garden masters as they care for our 110 acres, including an onsite green house.

View Horticulture Volunteer Job Description




Diving Volunteers:

Under the direct supervision of staff, volunteers will SCUBA dive in zoo exhibits to assist in the cleaning of acrylic panels and glass and the maintenance of artificial rock and corals.

View Diving Program Details



Education Volunteers:

Do you enjoy talking with people about animals, nature, and conservation? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Join us to create extraordinary experiences for our guests as an education volunteer! You, too, can become a community conservation leader and educator.

Please note: All new education volunteers must begin their service as an ambassador.  View Ambassador and Interpreter Job Descriptions 

Recruitment is open year 'round.
Contact Teresa Randall for an application and more details. 


CollegeInternships: 

The Oklahoma City Zoo offers internships for college students in a variety of study areas within the Zoo. This opportunity allows students an opportunity to learn essential skills and gain hands-on experience in animal husbandry, horticulture, conservation education, museum studies, or marketing/public relations. If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275.

View Internship Program Summary

View Internship Application Form

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring Semester is October 15.
  • Summer Semester is February 15.
  • Fall Semester is May 15.

Haunt the Zoo Volunteers

In October, we celebrate Haunt the Zoo for Halloween and looking for energetic volunteers for this “spook”tacular event in the evenings from October 26th thru the 31st. All other events take place on weekends during the spring.

For Haunt the Zoo opportunities, call 405.425.0298.

View Special Event Job Description





Group Volunteers

The Oklahoma City Zoo depends on volunteers for assistance in many areas of the Zoo.
Our Corporate Volunteer Program offers groups of corporate volunteers the opportunity to participate in the hands-on work of keeping our Zoo in top form. Volunteers may assist staff with a variety of different types of designated projects designed to be enjoyable and fulfilling; giving you and your employees a sense of ownership in the Zoo.

View Group Volunteer Job Description

  • Participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Time requirement is a minimum of 4 hours.
  • Groups need to register at least 2 weeks in advance by contacting mkesler@okczoo.com.

Community Service Volunteers

If you seek to fulfill court-appointed community service hours, please contact Zoo Security at (405) 425-0291.

Community service volunteers must be at least 18 years or older.