Volunteer at the Sequoia Park Zoo!

Get involved at the Zoo by participating in one of our ongoing volunteer programs! Our program participants enjoy fun, educational, and rewarding experiences that enhance the Sequoia Park Zoo for animals and humans alike. Check out some of our exciting programs listed below.

Orientation is mandatory for both ACV and ZIP Programs and is held in the Learning Lab at the Sequoia Park Zoo.

Upcoming orientation: Sunday, September 30, 2018 * 12pm – 3pm *

New to volunteering at the zoo? Read through our volunteer programs below and email Volunteer to get the ball rolling


Animal Care Volunteers (previously called Zoo Crew) ACV Web Page

Engage by working behind the scenes to learn more about the animals while assisting Zookeepers with animal care tasks. This is a great opportunity for volunteers that are interested in pursuing a career in Zoo keeping and learning more about the animals here at the Zoo!

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 8 hours per month
  • Must commit to volunteering for 1 special event per year
  • Must complete background check, TB test, and attend orientation

Get the Animal Care Volunteer application here!

Zoo Interpreter Program (ZIP for short)

Share your passion for the Zoo and inspire future conservationist by connecting guests to wildlife through hands on learning experiences at one of three discovery cart stations. ZIP volunteers have the opportunity to interact with visitors from all over the world and educate them about our animals, their habitats, and our conserZIP Web Photovation efforts. Please review the requirements and get the application here if you are interested in joining ZIP!

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 4 hours per month
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 1 special event per year
  • Must complete background check and attend orientation

Y.A.K. (Youth Assistant Keepers)

If you are aged 11 to 15 and want to help out at the Sequoia Park Zoo, here’s your chance. The Y.A.K. program offers you the opportunity to help care for the zoo’s domestic and wild animals. Learn about animal care, enrichment, and training with animal care professionals in a team-centered environment. For more information call 441-4263 or to register online please click HERE. You can also pick up registration forms at the zoo ticket booth during regular Zoo hours between 10am – 5pm daily.

  • Must be 11-15 years old
  • Must have a passion for working with zoo animals, especially in the Barnyard
  • Fall Winter & Spring Sessions run for 8 weeks each on SATURDAYS ONLY.

  • Summer Session runs for 8 weeks, Monday through Friday (pick ONE day.)

  • Must submit program fee ($60 per program.)

  • Must be able to work as part of a team and independently while under adult supervision
  • Must sign a contract committing to follow directions with a positive attitude

Monkey Business

Support the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation by assisting with administrative and general office tasks on the second Wednesday of each month from 10am to 1pm in the Flamingo Room. Monkey Business volunteers engage with Foundation staff to help further the Zoo’s mission to help build Zoo membership, prepare for Zoo events, and fundraising campaigns. We would like to have a commitment of at least 6 shifts per year but are appreciative of any amount of time you are willing to donate.

Looking for something else? The Sequoia Park Zoo offers several volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help with our special events, complete Zoo projects, and community service hours.

Community Service Volunteers

Looking to complete community service hours and want to make an impact here at the Zoo? Now you can with our Community Service Volunteer program. We cater to your interests and skill set to develop a project that fits your volunteer needs. Individuals or groups looking to participate can sign up by filling out the application available right here and emailing it to the Zoo Director, Gretchen Ziegler at vog.a1545135085c.ake1545135085rue.i1545135085c@rel1545135085geizg1545135085

Zoo Crew

Handy with a hammer? Love to garden? Then get your work gloves on and sign up for our Zoo Crew volunteer program! This program is designed for volunteers who want to use their skills to complete projects to enhance the Zoo throughout the year. Simply fill out the application available right here and return it to the Zoo ticket booth.

Special Events

AllisonVaughnandVolunteer AS copyWe have several special events throughout the year and are always looking for individuals and groups to help with preparations, day of activities, and clean up. Check out our Sequoia Park Zoo Calendar for more information about upcoming Zoo events or contact the Events Coordinator for details at 707-442-5649 ext. 203 or email ten.o1545135085ozkra1545135085paiou1545135085qes@y1545135085elhsa1545135085

We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!

Ready to sign up and get involved? Complete the online Volunteer Interest Form to get the ball rolling!

Internship Opportunities

Our Unpaid Zoo Internship is designed to provide students who are considering a career in a zoo or animal-related profession with the broadest possible exposure to modern accredited zoo operation and management that Sequoia Park Zoo can offer. Internships are granted through an application and interview process and are prioritized based on staff availability and applicant aptitude/interest and schedule. Internships should be completed within 8 months, and are generally offered during spring semester and summer break, or summer break and fall semester, when the intern can work 30 – 40 hours per week for at least a 3 month period. Exceptions can be considered. Internships are limited to 2-4 individuals at a time. Internship requires 500+ hours of work at the zoo.

Intern candidates must fill out the application, provide letters of professional reference and complete a successful interview for consideration. Interns must be enrolled or graduated from a college or university and have completed at least one year of relevant course work. Interns must be able to meet the physical job requirements of a Zookeeper, and be willing to work weekends, holidays, and in all weather conditions.

Satisfactory completion of the internship program requires interns to complete all shifts & tasks within each of the following job categories:

  • Animal Collections & Zoo Management
  • Animal Care Oversight & Vet Program
  • Animal Keeper Daily Care Routines: Side 1, Side 2, Side 3, Keeper Aide
  • Education Program
  • Operations
  • Membership, Development & Guest Services



Adults (13-59)  $10.00

Military (with ID)  $7.00

Seniors (60+)  $7.00

Children (3-12)  $6.00

Babies (0-2)  FREE


Events & Classes

6:30 pm Conservation Lecture #3 @ Flamingo Room, Sequoia Park Zoo
Conservation Lecture #3 @ Flamingo Room, Sequoia Park Zoo
Jan 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
“North Coast Otters – Merging Citizen Art and Science” – Presented by Jeff Black, HSU Wildlife Professor
11:00 am Stories & Stuffies @ Sequoia Park Zoo
Stories & Stuffies @ Sequoia Park Zoo
Feb 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
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OUR MISSION: Sequoia Park Zoo inspires conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.