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Volunteer Opportunities

Above all else, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is dedicated to the preservation of the Earth's natural resources. We are proud to invite members of the community that share our passion to join our team as a volunteer. Ages 14 on up are encouraged to become a part of our volunteer team. Whether you are interested in plants, animals or people, we have an opportunity for you! For specific questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275 or volunteers@okczoo.org.


Zoo Blooms Volunteers

The OKC Zoo and botanical garden is seeing volunteers to plant bulbs that will be flower during the spring for our annual Zoo Blooms event!  Learn more about this project.


Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Curators Program

Interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo? We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic teens to join our programs. Selected teens volunteer with keepers and staff to see what it takes to run the zoo and inspire the next generation.

  • Junior Curators are selected once a year.

  • The 2017-2018 JCs have already been selected.

  • The 2018-2019 application period will be April 2 – 30, 2018.

  • 2017 - 2018 Junior Curator FAQs

Scout Eagle and Gold Awards

Our scout project program is currently unavailable.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Adult ​Volunteer Opportunities

  • Click here to download a list of opportunities.
  • Must be 18 or older.
  • Must attend orientation and recruitment session.
  • Orientation begins at 10am followed by interviews. 
  • Held in the Rosser Conservation Education Center.
  • Applications available only during orientation.
  • Subject to background check, TB test and drug screening.
  • Must abide by the Personal Appearance Guidelines.

Animal Husbandry Aides

Assist Zoo Keepers with their animal husbandry duties. Work behind the scenes to help clean, and maintain our animal exhibits and enrich the lives of our animal residents. A perfect fit for those looking to get experience in the field of zoology. Please note there is no unauthorized contact with animals!

Horticulture Husbandry Aides

Use your green thumb to help our Horticulture team maintain our accredited Botanical Garden. Learn from our garden masters as they care for our 110 acres, including an onsite green house.


Do you enjoy talking with people about animals, nature, and conservation? Do you enjoy being outdoors? Join us to create extraordinary experiences for our guests as an education volunteer! You, too, can become a community conservation leader and educator. 

Haunt the Zoo Volunteers

We will be celebrating Haunt the Zoo for Halloween and are looking for energetic volunteers for this “spook”tacular event.

Group Volunteers

Our Group Volunteer Program offers organizations the opportunity to participate in the hands-on work of keeping our Zoo in top form. Learn more about registering your group for a project.

Community Service Volunteers

We are unable to accept volunteers seeking to fulfill court-appointed community service hours.


College Internships

The Oklahoma City Zoo offers internships for college students in a variety of study areas within the Zoo. This opportunity allows students an opportunity to learn essential skills and gain hands-on experience in animal husbandry, horticulture, conservation education, museum studies, or marketing/public relations. If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 425-0275.

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2018 semester – Deadline is October 16, 2017

  • Applications must be received or postmarked by the deadline date. Applications may be mailed or hand-delivered. Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

Veterinary Preceptorships

  • Available for clinical (4th year) vet students and post-graduate veterinarians.
  • Length: 3-6 weeks
  • How to apply: Please send current resume or CV, at least 2 references, and a list of preferred dates to Dr. Jennifer D’Agostino at jdagostino@okczoo.org.
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