Volunteer, Internship & Job Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals of nearly all ages can get involved at the Zoo by participating in one of our ongoing volunteer programs! Our volunteers enjoy fun, educational, and rewarding experiences that enhance Sequoia Park Zoo for animals and humans alike. Check out some of the programs listed below or click here for additional opportunities and information. We look forward to seeing you at the Zoo!

*Upcoming ACV Orientation: Sunday, June 3, 2018 * 12pm - 3pm *

Animal Care Volunteers (ACV)

Engage by working behind the scenes to learn more about the animals while assisting  Zookeepers with animal care tasks. This is a great opportunity for volunteers that are interested in pursuing a career in Zoo keeping and learning more about the animals here at the Zoo!

  • Must be at least 18 years old (16+ with prior approval)
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 8 hours per month
  • Must commit to volunteering for 1 special event per year
  • Must complete background check, TB test, and attend orientation

 Get the Animal Care Volunteer application here


Youth Assistant Keepers (YAK)

The YAK program offers youth between the ages of 11 to 15 the opportunity to help care for the zoo’s domestic and wild animals. Learn about animal care, enrichment, and training with animal care professionals in a team-centered environment. Online registration is available or download application here

  • Must be 11-15 years old
  • Must have a passion for working with zoo animals, especially in the Barnyard
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and independently while under adult supervision
  • Must sign a contract committing to follow directions with a positive attitude
  • Must submit program fee ($60 per program)
  • Fall, Winter and Spring Sessions (8 weeks each) run SATURDAYS ONLY from 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Summer Session (8 weeks) runs Monday - Friday (pick one day) from 9:00am - 1:00pm

Zoo Interpreter Program (ZIP)

Share your passion for the Zoo and inspire future conservationists by connecting guests to wildlife through hands-on learning experiences at one of three discovery cart stations. ZIP volunteers have the opportunity to interact with visitors from all over the world and educate them about our animals, their habitats, and our conservation efforts.

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 4 hours per month
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 1 special event per year
  • Must complete background check and attend orientation

 Get the Zoo Interpreter Program application here


Internship Opportunities

Our Zoo Internship is designed to provide students who are considering a career in a zoo or animal-related profession with the broadest possible exposure to modern accredited zoo operation and management that Sequoia Park Zoo can offer. Internships are granted through an application and interview process and are prioritized based on staff availability and applicant aptitude/interest and schedule. Internships should be completed within 8 months, and are generally offered during spring semester and summer break, or summer break and fall semester, when the intern can work 30 – 40 hours per week for at least a 3 month period. Exceptions can be considered. Internships are limited to 2-4 individuals at a time. Internships are unpaid and require 500+ hours of work at the zoo.

Intern candidates must fill out the application, provide letters of professional reference and complete a successful interview for consideration. Interns must be enrolled or graduated from a college or university and have completed at least one year of relevant course work. Interns must be able to meet the physical job requirements of a Zookeeper, and be willing to work weekends, holidays, and in all weather conditions.

Satisfactory completion of the internship program requires interns to complete all shifts & tasks within each of the following job categories:

  • Animal Collections & Zoo Management
  • Animal Care Oversight & Vet Program
  • Animal Keeper Daily Care Routines: Side 1, Side 2, Side 3, Keeper Aide
  • Education Program
  • Operations
  • Membership, Development & Guest Services

Get the Zoo Internship application here


Job Opportunities

There are no job opportunities at this time.  Please check back soon.