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  • Be Part of the Volunteer Experience!

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    We are now seeking businesses, clubs, and other organizations that would like to volunteer for BOO at the ZOO. This annual fall event requires over 100 volunteers each night  for a wide variety of positions including: interacting with visitors as costumed characters, handing out candy, monitoring game areas, and much more. If your group is interested in volunteering please call (806)381-5605 or email us at zoo@amarilloparks.org. BOO Crew Volunteers are required to attend a pre-event training session. Training session dates and times are TBA. 

    The Amarillo Zoo is seeking volunteers who have a love and respect for animals and a passion for serving the visitors at the Zoo. Zoo volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills to the Zoo operations. Of course, no prior experience is necessary — we’ll teach you what you need to know! Whether you have just a few hours each month to spare, or are looking for a new avenue in life, there is a home for you at the Amarillo Zoo. It is people like you that help the Zoo share our mission of education, conservation, recreation and community while making sure the Zoo is a great place to visit! GET INVOLVED – Volunteer!

    Volunteer Open House
    Saturday, August 29
    1pm – 3pm

    Fall Training Class September 19, 2015
    9:00am – 3:00pm

    Applications must be received no later than September 4, 2015

    Amarillo Zoo’s Volunteer Program can be an exciting experience for people of all ages. Adult Volunteers and Youth Volunteers, alike, play a major role in guest relations, zoo education, special events, and many other exciting areas of the zoo!

    Volunteer Requirements:

    Adults (at least 18 years of age)  

    • Applications are accepted year round
    • Complete an application and have an interview
    • Have background check completed
    • Must offer a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer work each month to remain active
    • Complete volunteer orientation/training
    • Complete volunteer training for your area of interest

    Teens (13 to 17 years of age)
    • Applications are accepted year round.
    • Complete an application and have an interview (parent or guardian is also required to attend)
    • Must offer a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer work each month or 48 hours of volunteer service during the summer
    • Complete volunteer orientation/training
    • Complete volunteer training for your area of interest

    What Do Volunteers Do?
    Some opportunities are seasonal, some are project-based, and some happen all year round. These opportunities might include Operations, Education, Special Events, Administrative Support and Guest Services. More information about volunteering can be obtained by contacting the Amarillo Zoo’s Visitor Services Coordinator at 806-381-5605 or email zoo@amarilloparks.org This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Interpreters- Educate our guests about the animals at the zoo and the importance of conservation. Enrich the experience for families and school groups through informal exhibit interpretation, Zoofari Carts and animal enrichment activities.

    Guest Services – Help make sure that the Zoo experience is as amazing as possible by greeting the groups that come. Volunteers are needed at the gates, outside new exhibits and at certain events to make sure the needs of our guests are met. Volunteers in Guest Services help to assure that the Zoo experience is safe and fun for all.

    Special Events – Help staff with a variety of special events throughout the year. This includes fun family events such as Boo at the Zoo, Easter EGG-citement, and much more!

    Animal Care – What do zookeepers do? Find out by becoming a keeper aide. Assist in the daily cleaning, feeding and other husbandry duties for the Zoo’s education animal collection and possibly some of the hoofstock collection.

    Please note: Due to strict animal husbandry guidelines and safety issues, there is no contact or inside-exhibit work with the majority of the animals at the zoo. Remember, this is for the animals’ safety and well-being as well as yours.

    Office Assistant- Volunteers are needed to assist with answering phones, admissions, filing, computer work and general clerical duties.

    Much Much More! – If you have special skills or talents, let us know… there may be a place for you at the zoo.
    To apply click below to download a volunteer application.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    How do I apply to be a volunteer at the Amarillo Zoo?
    Fill out the online application:

    Volunteer Application

    We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application and set up an interview time.

    What can I do as a volunteer at the Amarillo Zoo?
    There are many different opportunities once you join the Amarillo Zoo Volunteer Program including public education, assisting animal keepers, clerical duties and special events.

    How long do I have to volunteer for?
    We ask that all of our volunteers commit to a minimum of one year. However, if you are interested in volunteering for a shorter period of time, we have special events such as Boo at the Zoo, Conservation Celebration and others.

    How old do I need to be to volunteer?
    All volunteers must be over the age of 13.

    Will volunteering with the Amarillo Zoo lead to employment?
    Not necessarily. Joining the volunteer program will not guarantee you employment at the Amarillo Zoo. If you are interested in seeking employment, please refer to the City of Amarillo website to view current job openings.

    Does it cost anything to join the volunteer program at the Amarillo Zoo?
    Yes, there is  $25 cost to become a volunteer. This fee covers uniform tee-shirt and manual.

    When are the trainings held?
    The trainings are several times per year and are generally on the weekend. You do not have to wait for a training date to apply to the volunteer program. You can sign up at anytime throughout the year, but you must have an interview before you can attend a training class.

    Will I get to work with the lions and bear?
    Due to safety for you and the animals, volunteers are not allowed to work with dangerous animals such as the lions, bears and bobcat. Volunteers in the animal care program will primarily work with our hoofstock and educational animals such as sheep, goats, donkeys, ferrets, hedgehogs, iguanas and others.