Volunteer Opportunities

Denver Zoo volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals, from all walks of life, united by their advocacy for the zoo and their passion for animals and conservation.

Guest Experience Volunteer

Would you like to help guests have fun, memorable experiences? This is the team for you!

Animal Care Volunteer

Are you interested in helping with the dirty side of a keeper’s job? This is the team for you!

Horticulture Volunteer

Are you interested in working with staff to maintain our beautiful grounds? This is the team for you!

Nutrition Center Volunteer

Are you interested in furthering the health of our animals through diet preparation in our nutrition center? This is the team for you!


  • Commit to volunteering at Denver Zoo for a minimum of one year, with a minimum of 50 hours of service a year.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Able to attend two days of orientation (Zoo U).
  • Committed to providing our guests with the highest standard of guest service.
  • Passionate about educating people of all ages and background about animals, nature and conservation.
  • Friendly, outgoing and dependable.
  • Available to attend three general meetings annually- typically occur on the first Tuesday and Saturday of the month.
  • Able to pay a $45 application fee which includes one Denver Zoo polo volunteer shirt and Zoo U orientation. (scholarship support is available upon request)
  • Become a Denver Zoo member (scholarship support is available upon request)

Steps to Become a Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting Denver Zoo’s mission by enhancing the guests’ experience by connecting them with animals and their environment through their passion, commitment, dedication and knowledge.


Applications are open now through December 6th to join the Animal Care Team and the Nutrition Center.

All accepted applicants must attend both days of Zoo U New Volunteer Training on January 18th and 19th.

Stay tuned for more information on application dates for the Guest Experience and Horticulture Teams in the spring of 2019!



If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter requesting you to accept your volunteer position.


All adult volunteers are required to complete and pass a criminal background check. There is a $45 training fee that is required of all volunteers. Scholarship support is available on request.


All adult volunteers must attend a two-day orientation called Zoo U. This orientation will give you an introduction to Denver Zoo, its mission, Adult Volunteer Program staff, and the skills necessary to provide the highest standard of guest experience.

*Note: Additional job-specific training is required depending on your interests before you can start volunteering.

For more information, contact Kelly Bockert at (720) 337-1546 or kbockert@denverzoo.org

Tiger illustration around zoo mission

2020 Recruitment Schedule

Winter Recruitment: Animal Care and Nutrition Center Teams only

Applications open on November 1, 2019*
Zoo U New Volunteer Orientation will take place on January 18 – 19.**

Spring Recruitment: Guest Experience & Horticulture Teams only

Application and training dates TBD.

*Please note: Applications to the Denver Zoo Volunteer Program exceed the number of available positions in each training class. The selection of new volunteers is based on matching applicants with current zoo needs.
**You must be able to attend both days of orientation to begin volunteering.