Keeper/Animal Care Volunteers

Animal Care VolunteerIf you’re interested in our Keeper / Animal Care volunteer program, please submit a completed City Volunteer Application, resume, cover letter, and proof of at least 100 hours working with large/exotic/wild animals at a facility other than the LA Zoo. The latter can be in the form of a time sheet or a letter from your supervisor. Vet tech or pet store experience does not apply. If accepted into the program, you are required to submit a current TB test (within a year) and commit to a minimum of two eight-hour days per month. Interviews for this are held quarterly.

You can accumulate animal care experience by contacting any of the following places (keeping in mind that the minimum age requirement for most of these positions is 18 years):

Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach

(562) 951-1659

California Wildlife Center


(818) 222-2658

Exotic Feline Breeding Compound


(661) 356-3793

Gibbon Conservation Center

Santa Clarita

(661) 296-2737

Living Desert Museum

Palm Springs

(760) 962-5339

Marine Mammal Care Center

San Pedro

(310) 549-5677

Natural History Museum (Live Animal Program)

Los Angeles

213) 763-3236

Santa Ana Zoo

Santa Ana

(714) 836-4000

Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Barbara

(805) 962-5339

Wildlife Waystation

Angeles National Forest

(818) 899-5201

Other Suggestions:

Local Animal Rehabilitation Centers
Equestrian Centers*
Dairy or Agriculture Centers*

*Please note, experience with horses/cattle will be taken into consideration on a case by case basis.

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