Volunteer at the Zoo, Make a Difference 

The mission of the Alaska Zoo is to connect people with animals. We do this by offering education programs to the community. We rely on volunteers to fulfill this mission.

Why should you volunteer?

  • It is a personally rewarding experience!
  • Volunteers make programs and events possible.
  • Create a culture of caring about animals and the environment!
  • Educate the public while expanding your own knowledge.

Basic requirements:

  • Volunteer opportunities are available for ages 15 and older only, no exceptions.
  • Attend the New Volunteer Orientation.
  • New volunteers are required to give 15 hours in the petting zoo and 20 hours total in the first two months of volunteering, prior to permanent admission into the volunteer program.
  • Attend each zoo event held in the first two months of volunteering, as well as each monthly volunteer meeting.
  • Shadow a Discovery Tour in the summer within the first two months.
  • Once 20 hours are completed, you will receive a shirt and name tag, and become an official Alaska Zoo Volunteer!
  • Attend at least six volunteer meetings a year.

How to get started:

  • Complete our Volunteer Application (PDF) and submit to hdoncaster@alaskazoo.org.
  • If your application passes the initial review, you will be contacted via email to attend a new volunteer orientation.
  • Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee admittance into the volunteer program.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to be independent, no parental supervision required at the zoo.
  • New volunteer orientations are held during spring and summer months, February through September, usually on the last Saturday of each month.
  • Opportunities include camp assistant, storyteller for programs, tour guide, hands-on program leader for events, petting zoo attendant, group exhibit cleaning, special event booths, cotton candy spinning for events, and monthly animal husbandry work.

Volunteer Coordinator:  Heather Doncaster, hdoncaster@alaskazoo.org

Personal cell phone (text only) (907) 952-6966