Volunteer Opportunities

Riverbanks is recruiting enthusiastic individuals to join our growing volunteer team.

Each year, volunteers contribute more than 23,000 hours to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. Volunteering is a very important part of the mission and daily workings of the Zoo and Garden.

“Discover the Adventure” and volunteer with Riverbanks.

It takes an incredible team of talented people to operate one of America’s best zoos. By volunteering you can be a part of what makes Riverbanks Zoo and Garden so remarkable!

Current Volunteer Positions (last updated on May 9, 2016)

Aquarist Diver Volunteer (2 hours a week or every other week) (Needed shifts - Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 3:00pm - 5:00pm)

Posted: 1/8/16

Duties: Under general supervision, is responsible for the proper care of Riverbanks' fish, aquatic invertebrates, and aquarium plants. Performs diving duties and demonstrations. Assist with husbandry duties including diet preparation according to departmental guidelines, feeding aquarium life, and cleaning exhibits. Interacts with Riverbanks guests and cooperates within a team setting. Reports to the Senior Aquarist and the Aquarium Manager.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Must hold current SCUBA, First Aid, CPR, AED, and Oxygen Provider certifications. All necessary paperwork and credentials must be submitted before start date and prior to getting in any tank. Commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 hours a week or every other week.

Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Horticulture Volunteer (Tuesday and/or Thursday 8:30am–12:00pm)

Posted: 1/11/16

Duties: Work with our professional horticulture staff in the Zoo and/or Botanical Garden. Assist with horticultural duties for the purpose of beautifying and maintaining gardens, exhibits, animal habitats, plant collections, and/or public displays. Must be eager to learn about our collection and have the ability to demonstrate creativity and teamwork. Works outdoors year-round, in all weather conditions. Reports to the Director of Zoo Habitat Horticulture and the Botanical Garden Director.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Be able to bend, stoop or stand for long periods of time and lift up to 50lbs. Horticulture volunteers work outdoors in all weather conditions. It is recommended that Horticulture Volunteers have an up-to-date tetanus shot. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test is also required.

Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Be at least age 15 to volunteer with the Counselor-in-Training program, age 16 to volunteer with special events and age 18 for other areas.
  • Complete an online Volunteer Application.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Follow the Riverbanks Appearance Policy, which includes wearing khaki shorts or pants, closed-toe shoes, socks, Riverbanks uniform shirt, and ID Badge. Uniform shirts range from $6–$20 depending on size and style; Riverbanks nametag and ID are $10.
  • Show proof of a tuberculin (TB) skin test–a TB test is required annually for most volunteer areas.
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of six months for 4 hours a week (although you are welcome to volunteer more). We will gladly accommodate any time you need to take off.
  • All associated costs are covered by volunteers and not reimbursable by Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.
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