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 November 22, 2016)

EdZoocation Guest Engagement Guide

Posted: 8/5/16

Riverbanks offers a unique volunteer opportunity for those who are interested in sharing their love of wildlife and wild places. As an EdZoocation Volunteer, you will enhance visitors’ knowledge and appreciation of the Zoo by providing answers to general questions and communicating information about Zoo programs and exhibits.

The EdZoocation Volunteer Program is a community of dedicated individuals who have an appreciation and passion for the natural world and the desire to make a difference. We invite you to join our team, where you will have the opportunity to experience, understand and appreciate the importance and impact of environmental and wildlife conservation on our future.

New EdZoocation Volunteer Recruits will enter the program as a Guest Engagement Guide that will be expected to:

  • Educate guests about wildlife and environmental conservation.
  • Enrich visitor experiences.
  • Interact with visitors through exhibit and biofact interpretation.
  • Assist with education events.

No experience is required, but we do ask that EdZoocation Volunteers meet these requirements:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Support the Zoo and its mission.
  • Adhere to all Riverbanks Zoo general policies and operating procedures.
  • Are comfortable with speaking in public and interacting with different ages and cultures.
  • Can commit to at least 8–10 hours a month and at least one education/zoo event annually.
  • Provide proof of negative TB test results annually.
  • Complete Online Application (Deadline September 16, 2016)
  • Complete Orientation, Training and Program Requirements Annually. Mandatory Training Workshop Series will begin Saturday October 1, 2016 and will run for four consecutive Saturdays through October 22, 2016.
Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Mammal – Hoof stock Volunteer (Giraffe, Elephant and some Primate barns: at least 4 hours a week (6 month commitment))

Posted: 11/4/16

Duties: Under general supervision is responsible for the cleaning of animal enclosures and back up areas. Assists with cleaning barns, which includes but is not limited to, sweeping, shoveling, raking, hosing, disinfecting, scrubbing, and trash barrel removal. Assist keepers with maintaining animal exhibits by cutting browse, distributing substrate, removing leaves/debris, cleaning pools and moats, as well as, removing animal waste material. Volunteers will also be responsible for lifting and carrying 50 pound grain bags and multiple bales of hay/straw, washing dishes, diet preparation, and various projects around the area. We are looking for people who love to work outdoors in all weather conditions and who are not afraid of a heavy workload. Interacts with Riverbanks guests and cooperates within a team setting. Volunteers do not have direct contact with some of the animals in our collection. Reports to the Senior Keeper and the Assistant Curator.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Must be able to bend, stoop or stand for long periods of time and lift up to 50lbs. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Commit to volunteering a minimum of 6 months for 4 hours a week. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test.

Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Small Mammal and Gorilla Volunteer (Gorilla, Kangaroo and the Riverbanks Conservation Outpost: 4 hours a week, 6 month commitment (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday openings) )

Posted: 11/4/16

Duties: Under general supervision is responsible for the cleaning of animal enclosures and back up areas. Assists with cleaning exhibit windows, washing dishes, cleaning barns (sweeping, shoveling, rinsing and disinfecting) and removing trash barrels. Maintains animal exhibits by cutting browse, removing waste material, mixing or rotating mulch, adding substrate and watering plants. Interacts with Riverbanks guests and cooperates within a team setting. Volunteers do not have direct contact with some of the animals in our collection. Reports to the Senior Keeper and the Assistant Curator.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Must be able to bend, stoop or stand for long periods of time and lift up to 50lbs. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Commit to volunteering a minimum of 6 months for 4 hours a week. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test.

Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Lights Before Christmas Volunteers (This year’s event runs from Saturday, November 19th through Friday, December 30th.)

Posted: 11/11/16

Help Riverbanks Zoo and Garden celebrate the holiday season by volunteering for Lights Before Christmas.  This year’s event runs from Saturday, November 19th through Friday, December 30th.

 

We need 4 volunteers each night during Lights to act as Santa’s Helpers, wear our Snowy the Snow Person inflatable suit, or to be Snowy’ s buddy. Volunteers will assist with greeting guests, crowd control, taking photographs, and keeping our guests in the holiday spirit.

 

Volunteers will be asked to work from 5:20pm to 9:20pm nightly. 

 

Volunteers will receive 4 hours of community service credit and 1 free Zoo pass for each night they work.  Nights will be booked on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate.

 

If you would like to volunteer please email me at thughes@riverbanks.org and let me know the date that best suits your schedule and how many people will be participating.  Once I ensure your date is available I will respond back with the 2016 Lights application and Instruction sheet.  Space is limited and this event fills fast! 

 

Thank you so much for your interest in this event; we couldn’t do what we do without the help of our community.
Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Mammal – Cat – Bear – Koala (Small and large carnivore, primate, and koala barns: at least 4 hours a week with a 6 month commitment (Monday and Tuesday 8:00am - 12:00pm openings))

Posted: 11/14/16

Duties:

Under general supervision is responsible for the cleaning of animal enclosures and back up areas. Assists with cleaning barns, which includes but is not limited to, sweeping, shoveling, raking, hosing, disinfecting, scrubbing, and trash barrel removal.  Assist keepers with maintaining animal exhibits by cutting browse, distributing substrate, removing leaves/debris, cleaning pools and moats, as well as, removing animal waste material. Volunteers will also be responsible for washing dishes, diet preparation, and various projects around the area. We are looking for people who love to work outdoors in all weather conditions and who are not afraid to get dirty or of a heavy workload. Interacts with Riverbanks guests and cooperates within a team setting. Volunteers do not have direct contact with some of the animals in our collection. Reports to the Senior Keeper and the Assistant Curator.

 

Requirements:

Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Must be able to bend, stoop or stand for long periods of time and lift up to 50lbs. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Commit to volunteering a minimum of 6 months for 4 hours a week. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test.

Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Be at least 14 to volunteer with the ZooTeens 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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