Interpreter/Smart Cart Volunteers

Applications accepted November - March 

Interpreter volunteers share information regarding animals and engage with guests about conservation issues and the impact humans have on the environment. Our goal is to inspire action and create change.  Stationed at habitat clusters throughout the Zoo including Rocky Coast, Streamside, Cypress Swamp, Prairie, Desert, Aviary, Primate, and the Watani Grasslands, these volunteers use the Zoo’s living collection and biofacts such as feathers, skulls, pelts, and eggs to enhance the conversation.

Time Commitment: Seasonal opportunity. March – mid November, Sunday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two scheduled shifts each month, completing a minimum of 70 hours. 

Interested in becoming a Zoo volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.
 

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Smart Cart volunteer

Giraffe Deck Volunteers

Applications accepted November – May  

Giraffe deck volunteers prepare and distribute browse, queue guests on/off the deck, maintain order in line, assist with feeding giraffes and support staff as directed. Volunteers are also trained to engage with guests at the Zebra/Ostrich/Giraffe Smart Cart. Volunteers share information regarding natural history and the conservation of these animals. Volunteers utilize the Zoo’s living collection and artifacts/biofacts to increase visitor awareness of conservation issues, inspiring them to take action. 

Time Commitment: Seasonal opportunity. April – October, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday – Saturday

Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.

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Giraffe deck volunteer helping guest

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Animal Care Volunteer

Accepting Applications November - May

Wildlife rehabilitation volunteers provide routine daily care for injured, sick, and orphaned native wildlife until they are ready for release back into the wild. Volunteer duties include admitting animal patients, record keeping, preparing diets, feeding animals, and a fair amount of cleaning including cages, dishes, floors and wards. 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/releases.  

Time Commitments:  Year-round opportunity. March-September is peak season for animal care. 

  • Volunteers are required to serve a minimum of two, six-hour shifts each month. Volunteers are asked to establish and commit to a recurring schedule of every other week, serving on the same scheduled day/shift on a bi-weekly schedule. (i.e. Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., every other week)
  • Any variation from this schedule must be submitted in writing, prior to attending training.
  • Summer Only Volunteers commit to a minimum of eight weeks during the summer months of June – August. Volunteers serve a minimum of one scheduled six hour shift each week. Volunteers should be available to serve on a recurring schedule of the same day/shift each week (i.e. every Tuesday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.). Summer only Volunteer positions are available June – August, with pre-set schedules upon acceptance to the Program. Summer Only applications are accepted beginning April 1st.  

Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.

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Wildlife center volunteer

Guest Services Hosts

Applications accepted November - May

Guest services hosts are front-line members of the Zoo committed to excellent customer service. Volunteers welcome guests upon arrival and the first matter of business is often directing them to the nearest restroom. Hosts provide guests with information about ticket sales, paid experiences, tram/shuttle services, and communicate available services such as first aid, mobility/stroller rentals, food services, picnic areas, gift sales, etc. Hosts inform guests about special events, animal feeding schedules, and opportunities to enhance their experience.  

Time Commitment:  Seasonal opportunity. March – November.   Wednesday – Sunday, and Holidays.  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.

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Zoo host greeting guests

Guest Services Receptionists

Applications accepted November – May 

Guest services receptionists are front-line members of the Zoo answering phones and greeting guests in person. Receptionists provide information regarding Park hours, admission prices, special events, directions, available services, picnic facilities, lost and found, etc. Receptionists assist guests reporting/locating lost items, report injuries and request medical assistance, etc.  

Time Commitment: Seasonal opportunity. March – November, Weekends only. Shifts are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.  

Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.

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Volunteer Zoo receptionist

Gardening

Applications accepted November - May; Limited positions available 

Gardeners plant, weed, water and mulch helping maintain the Zoo's plant collections and Monarch Waystations, assisting horticulture staff as requested.  

Time Commitment: Seasonal opportunity. April – October, Monday – Friday.

Interested in becoming a Zoo Volunteer? Complete our online volunteer application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.
 

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Garden volunteer

Play Pals

Applications accepted November - June  

Play Pals facilitate play in Kidzone, a nature-based play area for children at the 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 leave them a little dirty, but with smiles on their faces and an appreciation for playing outside! 

Time Commitments: Seasonal Opportunity. April – October, Thursday - Sunday. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Age Requirement:   Applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 17.  Youth may volunteer without a parent for this opportunity.

Interested in becoming a Play Pal? Complete our online application and you will be contacted regarding orientation and training.

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Play pal volunteer

Honey Bee Volunteer

Applications accepted November – April

Honey Bee volunteers engage guests at the Honey Bee pavilion in the North America section of the Zoo. Volunteers provide information regarding natural history and conservation of the honey bees. The habitat is complete with an observation hive, a beautiful pollinator garden, graphics, art sculptures, demonstration hive with frames and foundation, and more to help increase awareness of honey bees and their importance. Applicants must maintain active membership with the NC State Beekeepers Association. 

Time Commitments: Seasonal opportunity, March – October, Sunday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

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Beekeeper volunteer

Group Projects

Some people say their workplace is a Zoo, but ours really is. The NC Zoo offers seasonal opportunities for businesses, organizations, churches, sororities, fraternities, and clubs to volunteer together on a project. Possible service projects include painting, mulching, weeding, cleaning signage, trail maintenance, washing trams, helping with a special event, and more. Group sizes are limited to 15 participants for most projects. Please contact Toy.Lambeth@NCZoo.org for more information. 

Group of project volunteers