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 September 22, 2017)

Children’s Garden Horticulture Volunteer (4 hours a week (6 month commitment))

Posted: 9/20/17

Ambassador Commitment:
Doing your part to support Riverbanks’ mission to foster appreciation and concern for all living things.

Responsibilities:
Work with our children’s garden staff to assist with the planting, maintenance, and harvesting of the Vegetable Garden in Waterfall Junction. This intense gardening space grows a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs year round. Must be eager to learn about our plants, perform basic gardening duties (weeding, staking, pruning), and have the ability to demonstrate creativity and teamwork. This position works outdoors year-round, in all weather conditions. Reports to the Coordinator of Family and Garden Programs.

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. 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.

BOO at the Zoo Volunteer (Friday, October 20th – Monday, October 30th)

Posted: 9/21/17

Ambassador Commitment:
Doing your part to support Riverbanks’ mission to foster appreciation and concern for all living things.

Responsibilities:
Boo Crew members work in trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo, handing out candy or treats to kids along the Trick or Treat Trail. Some volunteers may work in other capacities such as guiding guests through a haunted maze or taking photos at key locations.

We need approximately 90 volunteers per night so we welcome groups and individuals to join in on the fun! We happily provide signed community service records. Here’s a great perk — Each Boo Crew member gets one free zoo pass per night of volunteering!

Education and Experience:
All Boo Crew members must be able to volunteer from 5:00pm until approximately 9:30pm. Sign-in starts at 5:00pm. All volunteers must wear khaki pants or shorts (no jeans please) and a plain black shirt. Volunteers must be reliable, cheerful, service-oriented, and able to follow directions. Volunteers aged 13–15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without an adult.

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 (6 month commitment))

Posted: 9/21/17

Ambassador Commitment:
Doing your part to support Riverbanks’ mission to foster appreciation and concern for all living things.

Responsibilities:
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.

Education and Experience:
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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