Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise

General Volunteer Opportunities


  • Animal Care Volunteer

    ANIMAL CARE – Volunteers assist Animal Care staff with exhibit maintenance (includes removing feces and dirty bedding from exhibits, cleaning exhibit glass), diet preparation and feeding of some animals, animal observations, and preparing animal enrichments. Animal Care volunteers should be in good physical condition, able to lift 50 lbs., and be willing to get dirty! Minimum 4 hours per week commitment for one year.

     
    Due to the danger involved, volunteers do not work in enclosures of large carnivores or inside primate enclosures.
     

    General Responsibilities:

    • Exhibit maintenance (including removing feces and bedding from exhibits and cleaning exhibit glass)
    • Diet preparation and feeding of some animals
    • Animal observations
    • Preparing animal enrichments

    Requirements:

    • Must be over 18 years old
    • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
    • Must commit to one shift per week for one year
    • Shift times are 8:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday through Sunday
    • Participate in a two day volunteer orientation
    • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
    • Pay a $35.00 training fee for manual and uniform shirt
    • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
    • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
    • Great customer service and ability to work well with visitors
    • Good physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs.
    • Willing to get dirty!
    • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense
    • Submit to a Federal background check

     

     

  • Conservation Cruise Captain

    Conservation Cruise Captain-

    Volunteers educate Zoo Boise visitors while driving the Conservation Cruise across the lagoon into Africa. Captains teach visitors about the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund, recently funded projects, and how they can contribute to wildlife conservation.

    General Responsibilities:

    • Safely drive the Conservation Cruise boat from dock to dock.
    • Educate visitors about the animal exhibit.
    • Educate visitors about conservation needs, and recently funded projects.
    • Generate excitement among visitors regarding their positive impact for conservation.
    • Educate visitors about Zoo Boise’s conservation efforts.
    • Collect Conservation Cruise fee ($1/person).

    Requirements:

    • Must commit to one shift per week for six months (April - October 15th)
    • Shift times are 9:45am – 1:00pm and 12:45pm – 4:00pm, Monday through Sunday
    • Participate in a volunteer orientation
    • Participate in boat trainings
    • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
    • Pay a $35.00 training fee for manual and uniform shirt
    • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
    • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
    • Submit to a Federal background check
    • Ability to work well with visitors, good customer service
    • Interested in educating public about wildlife conservation

     

     

     

  • Special Event Volunteer

    Zoo Boise hosts a variety of special events throughout the year including Easter EGGstravaganza, ZooDaze, and Boo at the Zoo. To ensure these events are successful, Zoo Boise relies on help from both adult and teen volunteers. Applications and materials fees are not required for volunteering at special events. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Please contact at least  two weeks in advance.

  • Zoo Naturalist Volunteer

    Zoo Naturalist -

    Volunteers work with the public in a variety of ways, and will rotate through six areas as needed:

    • Butterfly Exhibit: Monitor entrance and exit through this walk through exhibit as well as providing light exhibit maintenance and visitor education.
    • Education Stations: Engage zoo visitors with the use of animal artifacts, exhibits and live animals.
    • Zoo Farm: Educate visitors while assisting with animal feeding and general upkeep of the station.
    • Giraffe Feeding Station: Assist keeper with daily feedings by answering visitor questions, collecting money and visitor line management.
    • Wallaby Walkabout Exhibit: Monitor walk through of the wallaby exhibit and teach visitors about wallabies, habitat and conservation.
    • Sloth Bear Feeding Station: Assist keeper with daily feedings by answering visitor questions, collecting money and visitor line management.

    Requirements:

    • Must be over 18 years old and have a GED or High School Diploma
    • Must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week, March - October
    • Shift times are 9:15am-1:15pm or 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday through Sunday
    • Participate in volunteer orientation
    • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
    • Pay a $35.00 training fee for manual and uniform shirt
    • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
    • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
    • Enjoy working with people of all ages
    • Desire to further develop customer service, public speaking, and teaching skills (training provided)
    • Interested in educating public about wildlife conservation
    • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense annually

     


Adult Volunteer

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Spooktacular - Special Event Volunteers

Spooktacular        

Join us to volunteer for our first annual Spooktacular, Zoo Boise's merry-not-scary Halloween Fun-Fest!
 

This after hours walking tour will feature a variety of fun Halloween displays, activities and a few animal encounters all designed for younger children.  Spooktacular will also present professional pumpkin carver, a Halloween dance party, mascot meet-and-greets and much more!

Volunteers will assist with animal encounters, the photo op, craft stations, face painting, and our glow zone!  This volunteer opportunity is for 18 years and up.

Volunteers must review the City of Boise Volunteer Handbook to participate.

 

Once you sign up for a shift, you will recive an email a few days before with more details for check in.

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Group Volunteer Project

Are you part of an organization, such as a work, youth, or school group that is interested in a Community Service Project? Zoo Boise frequently has exhibit enhancement and landscaping projects available.

The minimum age for participation is 15. You will here back when your application has been received to schedule and assign your group a project. 

Please note that there are no group opportunities that involve working directly with animals.

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Mission Statement

Zoo Boise connects our visitors with animals to inspire and involve our community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide.

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