Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of “nurturing wildlife and enriching the human experience.”

If you have a love for our natural world, an interest in spending time with visitors of all ages, and are able to complete the required training, we invite you to join this dedicated team. There are many opportunities to join L.A. Zoo’s family of volunteers. Learn more by clicking the button on the spotlighted opportunity below.

New Opportunity: Primarily Primates!

Information Meeting on July 8, Classes start August 12

Our Docent Specialist courses are brief deep-dives into focused areas of zoology, ecology and conservation. Our upcoming specialty course will be focused on the primates at the L.A. Zoo.

An LA Zoo volunteer giving a talk near the gorilla exhibit

Docent Specialist

After completing a deep-dive into select zoological areas of study, Docent Specialists have many opportunities to serve as on-grounds and virtual ambassadors.

Docent Volunteer

Docent Volunteer

Do you love animals? Do you love working with children? Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) docent training program could be just for you!

Muriel Horacek

Featured Volunteer

L.A. Zoo docent and donor Muriel Horacek is a seasoned traveler who loves a great story.

General Volunteers

General Volunteers

General Volunteers assist on grounds with guests, behind the scenes with animal care, in the office with staff, and out in the community with our neighbors. Interested in being a part of this team? Click to learn more!

Keeper/Animal Care Volunteers

Keeper/Animal Care Volunteers

Learn more about our Keeper / Animal Care volunteer program.

Research Volunteer Paula Orlovich holding a clipboard

Research Volunteer

Do you have a keen eye and fascination with observing animal behavior? Do you want to make a positive impact on animal well-being and conservation?[…]