Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+
Zoo Crew Volunteer
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, trimming, and mulching. Volunteers can assist during special events by serving food or drinks, supervising bounce houses, making crafts with kids, or even face painting. For those looking for an indoor environment, we also have administrative projects throughout the year.
After completing 100 hours of service, volunteers have the opportunity to begin advanced positions, such as Animal Handling and Animal Husbandry.
What are some of the benefits to volunteering with us?
- Regular updates about the zoo and animals
- Hands-on experience relevant to a career in the zoo and aquarium field
- Flexible scheduling
- Supportive training and mentoring
- Part of a dynamic and diverse team
- Discounts in our gift shop and restaurants
- Discounted or free admission to other local institutions
- Recognition awards and social events
- And much more!
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. 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, a zoo uniform shirt, name tag, and additional training costs.
For more information and to apply, please visit our website:
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- Choose an existing team you're already a member or captain of, or
- Create a new team to sign up.
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