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Volunteers and interns are an essential part of the NC Zoo.  Their time, skills, knowledge and expertise compliment and add value to the efforts of the organization, helping the Zoo meet its mission and better serve the community.  There are many exciting and challenging opportunities to accommodate varied interest, abilities and time commitments.  The Zoo is fortunate to have a diverse and unique assembly of individuals who are committed to making a difference.  The Zoo offers attractive benefits such as free Zoo membership, behind the scenes tours, training, invitations to special events, discounts and more!

Don't miss this exciting opportunity!  SIGN UP TODAY. Fill out our online volunteer application and you will be contacted.

Volunteer Opportunities

Make a difference for a day, over the summer or for a lifetime… There is something for everyone at the NC Zoo!


ZOO HOSTS are happy, courteous, pleasant and helpful Volunteers!  Zoo host talking to visitorsOur highly valued team of Zoo Host Volunteers are the front-line members of the Zoo.  Volunteers meet and greet visitors and provide information on how to best visit the Park; locate exhibits, use the transportation system, explain the Zoo's available services, obtain medical assistance, answer questions and provide customer feedback to Visitor Services.  Never underestimate the power of being able to direct someone to the nearest restroom after many hours in a car, or at the end of a long, hot day!  Serving as a Zoo Host is exciting, engaging, rewarding and minimal training is required.  You too can be a Zoo Host Superstar!  More

VISITOR SERVICES RECEPTIONISTS are front-line members of the Zoo. Receptionists answer and address incoming phone calls and provide information regarding Park hours, admission prices, special events, directions, available services, picnic facilities, lost and found, etc. Receptionists also greet Zoo guests entering the Visitor Services Office.  More

arevolunteer with ostrich egg stationed at various exhibits throughout the Zoo and interact with visitors to provide information regarding natural history and the conservation of the world’s wildlife. Interpreters utilize the Zoo’s living collection to increase visitor awareness of conservation issues and the effects of human actions on the environment. More


Giraffe eating at deckGIRAFFE DECK VOLUNTEERS assist Visitor Services and Animal Division staff by greeting guests, preparing and distributing browse, queuing visitors on and off the deck, maintaining order in line and on the deck, and assisting giraffe keepers as they direct.  This may include assisting with the public feeding of the giraffe.  Volunteers may also provide information regarding natural history of exhibit animals and may utilize the Zoo’s living collection and artifacts to increase visitor awareness and interest in these animals. More


volunteer watering garden

GARDENERS plant, weed, water and maintain some of the Zoo's plant collections, assisting horticulture staff, as requested.  Volunteers also mulch islands in the North America parking lot and help oversee service groups assisting with one-day horticulture projects.  More



WILDLIFE REHABILITATION ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEERS provide routine daily careFeeding a baby squirrel at the Wildlife Rehab Center at the NC Zoo for injured and orphaned native wildlife, until they are ready for release back into the wild, in addition to providing care for our education animals. Volunteer duties include preparation of diets, a significant amount of cleaning including cages, dishes, floors and wards, admitting patients, feeding animals, answering phones and record keeping. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to assist with medical tasks such as administering medications, physical therapy, assisting with radiographs and surgeries, as well as performing treatments as ordered by veterinary staff. In addition, Volunteers may participate in special projects, tours, training, cage building and animal rescues. More

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTER AIDES help prepare animal diets, wash dishes, clean cages, admit animals, answer phones, file, maintain the overall cleanliness of the Center, and other duties that are strictly non-animal care.  More

JUST FOR YOUTH, Ages 13-17kids playing at kidZone

PLAY PALS facilitate play in kidZone, a nature-based play area for children at the NC Zoo. kidZone is a place where children and their parents can play, explore and interact with nature in a fun and safe environment. Play Pals engage children in activities such as fort building, making mud pies, playing in the stream, walking across logs, identifying backyard wildlife, crafts, programs and much more. Activities might may leave them a little dirty, but with smiles on their faces and an appreciation for playing outside! More


Some people say their workplace is a Zoo, but ours really is.  Does your group belong in the Zoo?  There are many exciting project-based opportunities for businesses, organizations, sororities,volunteers mulching around trees fraternities, clubs, school groups and scouts.  Possible service projects include hosting a special event (i.e. Boo at the Zoo, Earth Day, Teddy Bear Fair, etc.), small exhibit construction, painting, landscaping, mulching, weeding, washing trams, trash pick-up, etc.  Please contact the Volunteer Office at 336.879.7712 for more information.  Requests will be arranged on an as needed basis.  Volunteers must be a minimum of high school age.  Groups should not exceed 20 participants.