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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. 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 3, 2019)

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

Posted: 6/19/2019

Join the 2019 Brew Crew!

Friday, August 2nd, 5:00–10:00pm

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 and ensuring our guests have a positive experience at Brew!

We need approximately 150 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 and a volunteer t-shirt!!  

What’s Required? All Brew Crew members must be able to volunteer from 5:00pm until approximately 10:00pm. Sign-in starts at 5:00pm.  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 Haley Albright at Please let me know how many people will be participating. Once I confirm your spot(s), I will respond back with the 2019 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.

Volunteer Requirements

Review and consider if interested in volunteering:

  • 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.