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Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of saving wildlife, enriching our communities, and creating connections to nature.

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.

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

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!

Volunteers posing for the camera

Meet our STAR volunteers. Harriet Stepner and Michael Stepner are this year’s “Shining Star” and “Silver Star” recipients.

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!

Learn more about our Keeper / Animal Care volunteer program.

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?