There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer at Sequoia Park Zoo. If you have any questions on the programs below, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at ten.o1394552593ozkra1394552593paiou1394552593qes@r1394552593eetnu1394552593lov1394552593 or (707) 441-4205.
New to volunteering at the zoo? Read through our volunteer programs below and then use our online Volunteer Interest Form to get the ball rolling!
Want to work more closely with the animals? This year-round program offers individuals the opportunity to take part in some of the zoo’s day-to-day activities, like feeding, observing and handling animals and cleaning exhibits. There are also opportunities for giving demonstrations and helping out at our special events. This position is for a volunteer interested in a longer commitment and requires training.
See our calendar for a list of orientation dates.
All Zoo Crew members must:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Complete the required application, orientation and training
- Pass a TB and background check
- Commit to a minimum of two shifts per month for at least 6 months
- Be able to follow directions precisely and work independently
- Be in good physical shape—able to lift 25 pounds, walk, stoop, reach overhead and traverse uneven surfaces.
Please be aware that the Zoo Crew application process can take several weeks, and volunteer orientation only occurs every 3 months. You will be contacted about your status once your application has been processed.
G.O. Program – General Observation
Want to get to know the animals better? Join the G.O. Program! You’ll have the opportunity to observe the animals and collect valuable data. No experience needed.
Observers use a list of described behaviors to record an animal’s activity for a set period of time, usually 20 minutes per individual. The data collected helps zookeepers to better understand how the animals are spending their day and how they are utilizing their exhibit. This information is then used by keepers to further enhance animal care. It also creates baseline data for future studies which may be performed by zookeepers or students. Future opportunities in this growing program include data entry, statistics, studies, species specific ethogram development, and a call out list to assist keepers in observing introductions, births, and more.
See our calendar for a list of orientation dates.
Y.A.K. – Youth Assistant Keepers
Children ages 11 to 15 work closely with zoo staff and learn about the zoo’s domestic animals and what it takes to care for them. Kids in this program help in multiple aspects of running the zoo’s barnyard: from feeding animals and supervising the Contact Corral to cleaning stalls and composting. The Y.A.K. programs runs for 10 weeks throughout the summer.
All Y.A.K. members must:
- Be 11-15 years old
- Have a passion for working with animals in the Barnyard
- Commit to at least 1-shift every other week during the summer season. Shifts are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Pay the program fee ($40 per year), scholarships are available
- Be able to work with a team, as well as independently while under adult supervision
- Sign a contract stating you are able to follow directions with a positive attitude
Registration begins annually after April 1st.
Z.I.P. – Zoo Interpreter Program
Z.I.P. is a volunteer opportunity for those interested in inspiring the public through hands-on exploration of the zoo’s exhibits and animals. If you have ever wanted to volunteer at the zoo as a docent or guide, this is your opportunity. No experience is required, just a passion to share the zoo and its mission. The program’s official season is Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Volunteer shifts take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-1pm and 1pm-3pm, plus set-up and take-down time. In its first year, we will introduce three Discovery Carts— Exploring Birds in the Aviary, Red Pandas and Keeping Bears Wild. Carts will include a variety of teaching tools such as eggs, feathers, fur, binoculars, skulls, tracks and more!
Fill out and submit the application form below. Once submitted, the Volunteer Committee will review your application and contact you within 4 weeks to discuss training dates.
Once your application is approved, you will attend a 3-hour training course prior to Memorial Day weekend to prepare you for your volunteering. You will also have the option to observe or team up with an experienced volunteer prior to volunteering on your own. Training may also take place during the program season as needed.
Monkey Business – Administrative Support
Monkey Business is a monthly gathering for volunteers to help with various administrative tasks, including mailings in the Zoo Foundation office. Held the first Wednesday of every month, volunteers can show up anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help.
Looking for a short-term volunteer job? The Zoo Foundation hosts several special fundraising events each year, and help is always needed running activity stations for the kids, serving up concessions and more. Your time commitment can be as little as 4 hours, but it makes a huge impact! No experience is necessary – we’ll provide the training and instruction you need for each event and task.
Opportunities to volunteer for specific community service projects are available on a short-term basis. Please inquire with the Zoo Manager at ten.o1394552593ozkra1394552593paiou1394552593qes@r1394552593egana1394552593mooz1394552593 or (707) 441-4227 regarding details, as far in advance of your needs as possible.
Ready to sign up and get involved? Complete the online Volunteer Interest Form to get the ball rolling!