If you love animals and conservation, we may have the volunteer opportunity for you! Our Zoo Crew volunteers help in many areas at the Virginia Zoo. Volunteers can start off as an Exhibit Host or Cart Interpreter, educating guests about animals and interesting “bio-facts” like skulls and turtle shells. You can also help our Horticulture team maintain our beautiful 53-acre facility by weeding, planting, and mulching. Volunteers can assist during special events by serving food or drinks, selling tickets, making crafts with kids, or even face painting. For those looking for a quieter environment, we also have administrative projects throughout the year. For a full list and description of available volunteer positions, please click here.
As a conservation and education-focused institution, most of our volunteers concentrate on visitor experiences. Very few volunteer positions work directly with animals. Advanced volunteer positions, such as Animal Handling and Animal Husbandry Volunteer positions, are available after completion of a minimum amount of service hours. These positions are demanding, highly competitive, and require an internal application process.
Our Zoo Crew volunteer program is open to all individuals ages 18 and older that are able to comfortably interact with visitors as a representative of the Zoo and have the ability to pass a background check. For full consideration, all prospective volunteers must submit an application and complete an interview process.
If you are selected to join the Zoo Crew program, there is a required one-time $50 registration fee. This amount covers the cost of the background check, initial zoo uniform shirt and name tag, and additional program materials.
If this sounds like the program for you, please click here to submit the online Zoo Crew volunteer application!