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We are grateful for the generous support of our volunteers, who are an important part of the Zoo team and help us achieve our mission every day.

How to Be a Zoo Volunteer



Check out the volunteer options below, and click the links for more info.


Attend Informational Meeting

Adult Volunteer Orientation

New adult volunteers are accepted every month.

2024 Orientations
May 25 from 10 to 11 AM
June 15 from 10 to 11 AM
July 13 from 10 to 11 AM
August 10 from 10 to 11 AM
September 7 from 10 to 11 AM
October 12 from 10 to 11 AM
November 16 from 10 to 11 AM
December 7 from 10 to 11 AM

see event calendar for more info


Pay Fees/Dues

Pay Volunteer Fees Here

Already a Zoo volunteer? Log in here.

Phone: (805) 962-5339, ext. 168

Explore Volunteer Opportunities

Age Group
adults, seniors
Santa Barbara Zoo docents are volunteer teachers who share their knowledge of the Zoo and the natural world to connect with our guests.
Keeper Aide
Keeper Aides help maintain Zoo animal habitats by scrubbing and hosing enclosures, removing trash, and assisting keepers with projects.
adults, groups, seniors, teens
Special Events
Short-term volunteers support the Zoo’s annual events, staffing activities, greeting guests, and even dressing up as costumed characters.
Jr. Camp Counselor
Jr. Camp Counselors assist Zoo Camp counselors at by leading songs, playing games, and assisting with hands-on educational activities.
Teen Conservation Club
Teen Conservation Club is a teen-run club that creates awareness of local environmental issues and participates in conservation activities.
adults, groups, seniors, teens
Group Opportunities
Group volunteering is a great way for employees, family, or other groups to bond and give back to the community at the same time.
profile of wallaby in low light
No internships are available at the Zoo at this time.

Learn More About Volunteering at the Zoo

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