Volunteers

Looking for internships? See our Internships page for more information (Internships are only for college-level students who are studying biological sciences).

  1. Education Volunteers/ Docents
  2. Gift & Concession Volunteers
  3. Horticultural Volunteers
  4. Special Event Volunteers
  5. Zookeeper Assistant
  6. Zoo Admin Volunteers
  7. Zoo Ambassadors

Process for Volunteering

To apply as a volunteer, download the volunteer application (PDF) or use the online application form.

Education Department Teen Volunteers

Saturday Programs

Morning and afternoon sessions are held most Saturdays during fall, winter, and spring. Volunteers are needed for Zoo Tots (ages 2-3) and Saturday Safaris (ages 4-9). Volunteers will help children make crafts, play games, assist with animals, and accompany children on adventures in the zoo. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

School & Home School Programs

These classes, designed for grades K-12, occur on weekdays during the school year. Help engage young minds with the world of animals in formal classes. Assist staff with props, biofacts, and live animals in teaching an appreciation of the natural world and the value of conservation. They help with artifacts, materials, and animals. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Overnights

The teen volunteer will assist in behind-the-scenes visits, animal encounters, activities, crafts, games, a flashlight safari, set up and break down. Teen volunteers must be at least 16 years old to assist with an overnight at the zoo.

Zoo Camp

Morning and afternoon sessions are held from June through mid August. Volunteers assist with crafts, games, and animals as the campers explore the animal world at our zoo. Visit with staff behind-the-scenes to show how a modern zoo works. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Special Events

Special Event Volunteers will be involved with various jobs and activities essential to supporting the success of special events. Duties may include, but not be limited to, meeting and directing the general public, setting up for events, cleaning after events, and other activities designated by the zoo staff.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Volunteers are ages 14-17 years old
  • Volunteers must possess good endurance
  • Must be able to follow both written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to work environment
  • An 80 hour commitment minimum during the summer and a 20 hour minimum commitment during the school year is required
  • Acceptance is contingent upon passing a drug test.
  • Training fees apply
  • If accepted as a volunteer, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the last 90 days

Education Department Docents

Adult (18 years and older) volunteers called docents interact with visitors to answer questions regarding animals year round. May also help zookeepers with special projects such as behavioral observation of animals.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Docents may be as young as 18
  • Docents must possess good endurance
  • Must feel comfortable communicating with public in group setting and one on one; must be able to follow both written and oral direction, understand, apply good judgment, foresee and apply safety precautions applicable to work environment
  • Acceptance is contingent upon passing a background check and drug screening.
  • If accepted as a docent, you must provide proof of a negative TB test given within the 90 days

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Docent Volunteer Conference

The Greenville Zoo invites you to the 2019 AZADV Conference to be held September 24-29, 2019.  AZADV Conferences are a time to learn and network with others who share a passion for the natural world.  Three hotels have been selected to host the 2019 AZADV Conference in the heart of downtown Greenville, steps away from the award winning Falls Park. For your convenience, conference rates are available (Tuesday - Saturday) by booking your room directly with one of the three hotels.  The 2019 AZADV Conference will feature presentations, social events, Zoo Day and a variety of optional trips for enjoying amazing attractions in South Carolina.  For more information and registration use the following link https://azadv2019.com/