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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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, or museum studies.
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 email@example.com.
The OKC Zoo depends on volunteer assistance for many projects. Our group volunteer program offers groups an opportunity to help keep our Zoo in top form. Our projects are designed to give your group a sense of ownership in the Zoo while building your team.
Zoo staff choose a project for your group based on the date/time you select and your group size. Please be aware that the OKC Zoo is not designated as a non-profit organization. We can accommodate groups of 3-30 participants per day. Your group may be divided into smaller projects, based on our project needs. Projects may include, but are not limited to:
Yard work and gardening - weeding, mulching, planting, laying sod, cutting cane, etc.
Facility or ride maintenance - painting or cleaning.
Special event preparations.
Trash cleanup or recycling projects.
Education projects - preparing crafts, resource management, or assisting in the ZooZeum.
Participants must be at least 18 years old. For safety, children cannot accompany adults.
All participants are required to sign a waiver of liability and provide an emergency contact.
We require at least 2 weeks' notice to schedule a project. NO EXCEPTIONS.
School groups are required to provide contact information for their faculty advisor.
All participants must arrive at the designated time and stay with the group for the duration of the shift. We cannot accommodate late-comers or individuals leaving early. Participants arriving more than 5 minutes after the designated time will not be allowed to volunteer.
All participants should dress for the weather in clothing that can dirty. Shoes must be closed-toe with a back and have good traction.
If your group would like to volunteer at the Oklahoma City Zoo, please fill out the form below: