Zoo Naturalist Volunteer!

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Zoo Boise

  • 63 people are interested
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Work with the public to raise funds for conservation and educate visitors abou the zoo, its animals, and its conservation mission

  • Rotate through six areas as needed to engage and educate visitors. Areas include:
    • Butterfly Exhibit: Monitor entrance and exit through this walk-through exhibit. Educate visitors on butterfly population and provide light exhibit maintenance
    • Giraffe Feeding: Assist with daily Giraffe Feeding including educating visitors, collecting money, and managing the line. All funds raised are contributions to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
    • Sloth Bear Feeding: Assist with daily Sloth Bear Feeding including educating visitors, collecting money, and managing the line. All funds raised are contributions to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
    • Zoo Farm: Educate visitors while assisting with animal feeding and general upkeep of the station
    • Biofact Education Stations: Engage zoo visitors with the use of animal artifacts, exhibits, and live animals, focusing on topics of animal biology, habitats, ecology, and conservation.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must commit to one 4-hour shift/week in either: March-October, March-August, or May-October
    • Shift times are: 9:30am-1:30pm or 12:45pm-4:45pm, Monday-Sunday
    • Weekend volunteers have the option to volunteer every-other weekend
  • Participate in an 8-hour orientation
  • Pay a $40 volunteer fee
  • Note: financial assistance is available, contact the Volunteer Services Office for more details
  • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Desire to further develop customer service, public speaking, and teaching skills (training provided)
  • Interested in educating the public about wildlife conservation
  • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense
  • Must be willing to submit to a Federal background check if deemed necessary by Zoo Boise staff
  • Commit to volunteering at one special event OR rental per year
  • Commit to yearly trainings/refreshers


  • Friends of Zoo Boise Annual Pass Holder - volunteers are eligible after a 24-hour introductory period
    • Unlimited admission to Zoo Boise for extent of active volunteer service
    • Reduced rates on Family and Grandparent passes
    • Free or reduced admission to other participating zoos
    • Subscription to Animal Tales newsletter and a subscription to our biweekly e-newsletter
    • Exclusive entrance to signature events: Easter EGGstravaganza, Zoo Daze & Boo at the Zoo
    • Discounts on education programs and purchases in the Zootique gift shop
  • Zoo Boise day passes - Volunteers can receive one pass for every 15 volunteer hours completed
  • Pride in raising funds for and education about wildlife conservation.

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Animals Community Environment


Sun Mar 17, 2019 - Thu Oct 31, 2019
09:30 AM - 04:45 PM


355 Julia Davis DrBoise, ID 83702



  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Environmental Education




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 four hour shift per week.

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