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 5, 2017)

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

Posted: 6/8/17

Join the 2017 Brew Crew!

Friday, August 4th, 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 Garden. 

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 2017 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.

Aquarist Diver Volunteer (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday openings available starting at 3:30pm.2 hours a week (Minimum 6 month commitment) 2 hours a week (Minimum 6 month commitment). )

Posted: 7/5/17


Under general supervision, is responsible for the proper care of Riverbanks' fish, aquatic invertebrates, and aquarium plants. Performs diving duties and demonstrations. Assists 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 Curator.




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 certifications must have expiration dates that are a minimum of 6 months past the date of your application to volunteer**.  All necessary paperwork and credentials must be submitted*** during the interview process, before training or diving can be scheduled. This includes the completion of a dive physical (form provided by zoo).  Commit to volunteering a minimum of 2 hours a week and attending all required training sessions, including a morning session (usually scheduled on a weekday).


* If you are interested but do not have these certifications currently please email wbuchman@riverbanks.org and resource contacts can be provided.


**For Riverbanks’ purposes, First Aid, CPR, AED, and Oxygen Provider certifications that don’t have an expiration date are considered expired 2 years from the date of issue.


***You should upload a color copy of all credentials (front and back) to include with your online application.  All copies must be legible. Feel free to use the section for a resume or cover letter for your credentials.   
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.