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.o1418946712ozkra1418946712paiou1418946712qes@r1418946712eetnu1418946712lov1418946712 or (707) 442-5649.
New to volunteering at the zoo? Read through our volunteer programs below and email the Volunteer Coordinator to get the ball rolling!
Want to work 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, cleaning exhibits, and other tasks that help give our animals a rich and fulfilling life. 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 session, and training program
- Pass a medical and background check
- Commit to a minimum of two shifts per month for at least six months
- Be able to follow directions and work independently
- Be in good physical shape—able to lift 25 pounds, walk, bend, and reach overhead
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.
Volunteers are requested to commit to two observation days a week for a six week period. After attending a short orientation class, you’ll be ready to observe!
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 and wild animals and what it takes to care for them. Kids in this program help in multiple aspects of running the zoo: 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 zoo animals, especially in the Barnyard
- Commit to at least one shift every other week, June 27th – September 1st (shifts are Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
- Submit program fee ($40 per year); scholarships are available
- Be able to work as part of a team and independently while under adult supervision
- Sign a contract committing to follow directions with a positive attitude
Registration begins annually after April 1st.
Z.I.P. – Zoo Interpreter Program
Designed for adults, Z.I.P. is a volunteer opportunity for anyone interested in sharing their love of wildlife with zoo visitors. Each Z.I.P. volunteer works with a Discovery Cart equipped with animal artifacts and tools to help zoo visitors learn more about individual species and wildlife conservation in general. Discovery Carts offer a variety of teaching tools such as eggs, feathers, fur, binoculars, skulls, and tracks; current carts include Exploring Birds in the Aviary and Red Pandas.
No experience is required—we’ll provide all the training you need. Just bring your passion to share about wildlife and the zoo.
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.
A three-hour training course is scheduled before Memorial Day weekend each year. You will have the option to observe or team up with an experienced Z.I.P. volunteer before operating a Discovery Cart on your own. Additional training may also be offered during the program season as needed.
Monkey Business – Administrative Support
Monkey Business is a monthly gathering for volunteers to help with various office tasks, including mailings. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, volunteers can show up at any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help.
The Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation hosts several special events each year, and help is always needed to run activity stations, serve concessions, and more. You can help out for as little as four hours and make a huge impact! No experience is needed – we provide all the training you need for each event and task.
Opportunities to volunteer for specific community service projects at the zoo are available on a short-term basis. For more information, please contact the Zoo Manager at (707) 441-4227 or email ten.o1418946712ozkra1418946712paiou1418946712qes@r1418946712egana1418946712mooz1418946712.
Ready to sign up and get involved? Complete the online Volunteer Interest Form to get the ball rolling!