Zoo Naturalist Volunteer!

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Zoo Boise

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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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About Zoo Boise


355 Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702, US

Mission Statement

Zoo Boise connects our visitors with animals to inspire and involve our community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide.


Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capitol improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. The goal of each of these components is to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the zoo, wild animals, animal habitats, species conservation and the environment.

Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.


Sat Mar 07, 2020 - Sat Oct 31, 2020
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, option for every-other week on weekends

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