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 June 13, 2024)

Brew at the Zoo Volunteer (August 2nd, 2024, 5:00pm-9:30pm)

Posted: 6/13/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on conservation.

Responsibilities: Volunteers will be responsible for pouring beverage samples and water throughout the event.

We need approximately 150 volunteers on the night of the event, so we can easily accommodate groups or individuals that want to join in on the fun!

Requirements:  All Brew Crew members must be able to volunteer from 5:00pm until approximately 10:00pm and be at least 21 years old. Check-in and training begins 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 instructions. Brew Crew Volunteers must sign a waiver when checking in.

Conservation Engagement Volunteer (4 hours a week (Thursday – Saturday) , 6-month commitment (July 17 – January 12) )

Posted: 5/1/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that will have a lasting impact on wildlife and wild places.

Responsibilities: Conservation Engagement Volunteers connect guests to wildlife and wild places. Volunteers rotate between designated locations to engage with guests and enhance guest experience using interactive props and bio-facts. Volunteers are expected to maintain high levels of enthusiasm and inclusion while interacting with groups and individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds. All members of the Conservation Engagement team maintain a positive and professional work environment and work cooperatively as a team.

Education and Experience: Must be at least 18 years of age. Must be able to stand for long periods of time and be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Habitat Horticulture & Botanical Garden Volunteer (4 hours weekly, Tuesday and/or Thursdays)

Posted: 2/6/2024

Ambassador Commitment: Create meaningful connections and inspire actions that have a lasting impact on wildlife and wild places.

Responsibilities: 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 with safety considerations. Reports to the Horticulture Design and Operations Manager and Horticulture Operations Supervisor.

Education and Experience: 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, with considerations for safety. It is recommended that Horticulture Volunteers have an up-to-date tetanus shot. Proof of a current Tuberculin skin test is also required.

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.