Do people often say because of your lively and energetic personality that you belong in a zoo? If you have a love for furry and feathered animals, and the unlimited inspiration of nature, then maybe you do belong at the Zoo--as a volunteer! The truth is the Zoo depends on volunteers to continually bring its mission and message to life in the community.
The Zoo benefited from more than 29,500 man-hours of service from dedicated volunteers in 2016. These volunteers found room in their hearts to assist our staff with daily duties, special projects, and multiple events, such as Haunt the Zoo. Whether your passion is plants, people or animals we have opportunities for you to become a part of the Zoo!
The Conservation Education Team provides opportunities for adults to share their love of animals with our guests by providing informal educational experiences at our exhibits and events.
Junior Curator Teen Volunteer ProgramThe Junior Curator Program provides teens an opportunity to gain practical life and job skills while working side by side with our Zoo staff to see what it takes to operate the Zoo.
Horticulture Volunteer Program
The Horticulture Team provides opportunities for adults with a green thumb to take part in the planting and care of our botanical collection.
Animal Area Volunteer Program
The Animal Care Team provides opportunities for adults to work behind-the-scenes to assist in diet preparation, cleaning and the enrichment of our animals.
College Internship Program
The College Internship Program provides collegiate students and recent graduates with hands-on learning experiences. We provide opportunities in the fields of animal care, horticulture, conservation education, museum studies, and public relations and marketing.
Group Volunteer Program
The Zoo has many ongoing projects, such as yardwork, which receive assistance from businesses and organizations. These projects are perfect for helping your group have a fun team building experience while making a difference for our animals and guests.
Through these programs, our volunteers enjoy a variety of benefits, gain the pride of making the world a better place for wildlife, develop lifelong memories and acquire zoo-related job skills. We hope you will become part of the OKC Zoo and volunteer soon!
For more information about our volunteer programs, please click here.
– Melissa Kesler, Zoo naturalist instructor