Short-Term Volunteer Opportunities

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Looking for a way to give a few hours of your time to the Zoo? 
Volunteering as a short-term volunteer could be what you are looking for!


Short-term volunteers assist with the success of many zoo events. These volunteers participate in one-day opportunities staffing games, activities, greeting guests at the front gate, and even dressing up as some of the Zoo’s most beloved characters. 



  • Zoo-to-Do (dates vary)
  • Princess Day (March)
  • El Dia del Nino (April)
  • Celebracion de los Dignatarios (July or August/coincides with Fiesta-min. age requirement is 21)
  • Boo at the Zoo (late October)
Specific dates for upcoming events are located on the Santa Barbara Zoo's event calendar.

Please note: volunteer shifts differ from public event hours.



  • 13 years or older.
  • Be able to attend an event-specific orientation (required for Dignatarios, Boo at the Zoo, and Science Day at the Zoo).
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages.
  • Be ready to have fun!


How can I sign up?

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