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Volunteer Opportunities

There are many exciting ways for you to get involved and help out at the Santa Ana Zoo! Attend a Volunteer Orientation to learn more about all of our volunteer opportunities.

Orientations take place in even-numbered months on the following schedule:

Orientation Part 1 1st Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am Barn Classroom
Orientation Part 2 2nd Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm Barn Classroom
Farm Monitor Training 3rd Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm Education Office

Completion of both Part 1 and 2 Orientations is required for all Volunteer Opportunities and trainings are scheduled on a rotating basis. RSVP's and a completed application are not required to attend Orientation Part 1. Attendees should check in at the ticket booth on the day of Orientation.

For questions or to RSVP, please email Lauren Bergh, Zoo Education Specialist, at LBergh@santa-ana.org.

Volunteer Applications are accepted on-line. Click here to view and complete the volunteer application on-line.

Application can also be downloaded here.

Docents lead tours and teach education programs to 1st - 4th grade school groups on weekday mornings. After an extensive training program, this volunteer program requires volunteering one morning per week.
Minimum age: 18.

Our Family Farm monitors assist the public with feeding the goats and sheep while sharing information about the animals. They also monitor guests with milking our interactive "milking cow" and assisting the public in making butter. Monitors sign up for two hour shifts any day of the week.
Minimum age: 16.

Ambassadors interact with the public at various stations around the zoo by using touchable artifacts, photos, etc. They also assist staff during live animal presentations. Program requires volunteering one day per month. You must be able to work independently and have good public relations skills.
Minimum age: 18.

Every month, something new and interesting is happening at the Zoo! Whether it is the Zoo-B-Que, Zoofari or Boo at the Zoo, we're always in need of volunteers to assist with the events. Work on kids' crafts, scoop ice cream or paint faces.
Minimum age: 16.

Is office work your cup of tea? Do you enjoy working on computers? Then helping out filing, stuffing, folding, labeling, or entering data may be your perfect match. No experience required. It's fun, easy and interesting. Work mornings or afternoons, weekdays or weekends.
Minimum age: 16.

Volunteers are needed to assist the Zoo keepers with tasks such as cleaning animal exhibits, cutting diets, preparing enrichment items, cleaning around exhibits, and general exhibit maintenance. This is physically demanding work that involves dust, dirt, hay, animal dander, and various outdoor weather conditions.
Minimum age: 16 in the Crean Family Farm and 18 in the Main Zoo.
Animal Services volunteer program currently closed until further notification.

Friends of Santa Ana Zoo (a 501c3 non-profit organization) has a need for volunteers seeking community service hours, and we encourage you to complete your requirements at the Zoo. We have an opportunity for you to help welcome our guests at the gate, check in parties, and greet Zoo Members with stickers for most Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Please email Bryan Solis at bsolis.fosaz@gmail.com with your information, hours needed and date of completion required.

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