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 July 27, 2016)

Brew at the Zoo (Volunteers for this event must be at least 21 years old)

Posted: 7/11/16

Join the 2016 Brew Crew!

Friday, August 5th, 5:30–10:00pm

Volunteers for this event must be at least 21 years old.

What does the Brew Crew Do? Volunteers will be responsible for pouring 2oz samples, checking ID’s, and ensuring our guests have a positive experience at Brew!

We need approximately 125 volunteers on the night of the event, so we can easily accommodate large groups or individuals that want to join in on the fun!  Volunteers who work the event will receive 2 complementary tickets to Riverbanks Zoo and a souvenir glass.

What’s Required? All Brew Crew members must be able to volunteer from 5:30pm until approximately 10:00pm. Sign-in starts at 5:30pm.  All volunteers must wear black pants or shorts (no jeans please) and a plain black shirt. Volunteers must be reliable, cheerful, service-oriented, and able to follow directions.

How do we get registered? Contact Tracy Hughes at thughes@riverbanks.org. Please let me know how many people will be participating. Once I confirm your spot(s), I will respond back with the 2016 Brew application and Instruction sheet. Space is limited and this event fills up fast! Volunteer requests will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Apply today! Submit an online volunteer application.

Avian Research Assistant/Data Analyst Volunteer (4–8 hours a week (6 month commitment))

Posted: 7/12/16

Duties: Assist Curator of Birds in analyzing animal collection data. Participate in collection management research by helping to format/analyze data and generate reports. This exciting research project helps AZA zoos to monitor animal collection sustainability and to adaptively manage animal collections. This is a high level research project and requires attention to detail, familiarity with computers, ability to work independently once trained, and an interest in the scientific management of zoo populations. Participation can be considered an academic internship (Riverbanks Level 2 Internship) and credit could be earned depending on your University’s policies. This is also a great volunteer project for a professional with data handling experience and an interest in zoo science. Reports to the Curator of Birds.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age with a HS diploma or equivalent. Upper classmen and college graduates preferred. Must be comfortable with computers and proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test.

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: 7/25/16

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.

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

Posted: 7/27/16

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: 7/27/16

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 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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