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Volunteer at the Zoo
Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering with the San Antonio Zoo! If you are passionate about animals and conservation then volunteering for the Zoo will be a fulfilling experience. The Zoo is open 365 days a year so our volunteer opportunities are flexible.
The San Antonio Zoo does not accept community service, court appointed or short term volunteers.
The benefits of volunteering with the San Antonio Zoo:
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All applications are to be completed online. No paper applications will be accepted. Please click the links below to access the online application. Incomplete applications will be deleted by the system.
Docents serve a vital role in helping the San Antonio Zoo reach its mission of providing a diverse educational experience to our many visitors each year. With provided training, they are involved in a variety of educational opportunities including touring school groups, interpreting zoo exhibits, and presenting education animals.
There are currently two docent programs: weekday and weekend. Weekday docents are required to volunteer one 3-hour shift a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday). Weekend docents can create their own schedule on either Saturdays or Sundays and are required to volunteer 6 hours a month. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Docent interviews take place November-December and training classes start on Saturdays January-February.
The San Antonio Zoo internship program is designed to allow college students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field. Internships are unpaid* and housing is not provided. However, credit hours may be earned depending on the intern's school policy regarding internships. Interns are required to work for a minimum of 200 hours.
Internships are available throughout the year, but positions are limited and occasionally may not be available. The summer is our busiest time of the year and all applications must be received by the appropriate due date in order to be considered. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Applicants must complete the application online and either email, mail or fax a copy of your current transcript and a letter of intent explaining what you want most out of an internship with the Zoo. Please send these after you have completed the online application. Applications will not be reviewed without a transcript and letter of intent. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
*The Summer Naturalist Intership is the only exception and does provide a small stipend.
College Interns may submit their transcripts and letter of intent by the following methods:
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San Antonio Zoo interns must:
The Education Department is responsible for formal and informal program offerings available for Zoo guests. These include scheduled classes for children, adults, families, school groups, summer camp programming and educational special events. This is a great opportunity for communication, public speaking, education, and drama majors.
The San Antonio Zoo's animal collection includes more than 3,500 animals representing over 750 species. An animal department internship may include experiencing the daily operations of animal care, exhibit maintenance, animal behavior and record keeping. When possible interns will be placed in areas that match their goals and interests.
Animal Departments are organized into 9 different areas:
Development, Human Resources, IT department
Occasionally, positions may become available in these departments.
All internship candidates please apply by clicking the application in the link below.
Started in 1991, the San Antonio ZooTEAM became the first youth volunteer program at the San Antonio Zoo, and we’ve had a lot of fun ever since. Teens applying must have a drive to learn and the ability to share with the public information on the plants and animals in the Zoo. They should be comfortable working as a team and be looking for an opportunity to display leadership.
First year ZooTEAM do not handle animals.
San Antonio Zoo Teen Volunteers must:
In order to be considered, you must have a complete online application form and, once interviewed, you must complete a parental consent form.
ZooTEAM is a year-round teen volunteer program. Applicants must have volunteered for Summer Naturalist or Summer Camp to be considered for ZooTEAM. Volunteers are interested in increasing their knowledge of zoo animals and conservation. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled on weekends and teenagers pick from a list of scheduled opportunities. Throughout the year, volunteers help out with special events such as Zoo Run and Zoo Boo. ZooTEAM volunteers work with the Education Center to: educate zoo visitors, assist with craft and activity tables in the Zoo, assist with office work, help direct and answer general guest questions and assist the zoo with service projects that become available. All ZooTEAM volunteers must commit to one-year of service and volunteer at least 6 hours per month. ZooTEAM are eligible to work as either Summer Naturalist or Summer Camp Volunteers during the summer.
First year ZooTEAM do not handle animals. In order to be considered, you must have completed the entire online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Are you a teen interested in a conservation career? Do you love being outdoors, learning about animals, and protecting the environment? Join the San Antonio Zoo and become empowered to make a difference in the world by participating in the Summer Naturalist program! As a Summer Naturalist volunteer, you will team up with like-minded teens that are passionate about conservation. College interns will act as mentors and guide you in presenting conservation messages to Zoo guests. Teens will have the opportunity to interact directly with guests as they introduce topics about endangered species, conservation efforts, and more! This position is modeled after a traditional job setting, and applicants should be prepared to be treated as an employee. Successful applicants should have a desire to gain experience working in a Zoo environment, speak directly with the public, have knowledge of or are interested in learning about conservation efforts, and attend all training and orientation sessions. Summer Naturalists agree to work 60 cumulative hours during the summer, on Thursday – Sunday from 10am-3pm. Applications must be received no later than April 27, 2014.
Summer Camp Team Assistant Volunteers
Summer Camp volunteers assist the Education Department with the summer camp programs for children 4-13 years of age. Camp volunteers help by facilitating crafts, preparing and cleaning up classrooms and helping instructors tour the campers in the Zoo. Summer Camp Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Volunteers must commit to volunteer for at least two whole weeks everyday, Monday-Friday. Applications must be received no later than April 27, 2014.
Corporate or Military Group Volunteers
Adult corporate or military group volunteers that are seeking volunteer service hours are needed upon occasion. These needs are short-term and periodic. For more detail please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information.
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