Volunteer Programs

If you have a sincere interest in animals and conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, our Volunteer Programs are for you.


Adult Volunteers

Docents

Teen Volunteers

Renew the Zoo

Adult Volunteers

Would you like to make a positive impact in our Zoo? Volunteering at the San Francisco Zoo can be a fun, educational and rewarding experience. We have volunteer opportunities in our Family Farm, Animal Resource Center, Events and other Zoo departments. Learn more by attending any one of our upcoming orientations.

Minimum Requirements for our Adult Volunteers:

Please meet at the bronze tiger statue in the Entry Village circle at 9:50am. The orientation will be from 10am - 12noon. Please be on time; late arrivals will not be allowed to attend the orientation. You do not need to pay for zoo admission or parking to attend the orientation.

Have a Question? E-mail volunteer@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7122.

Adult Volunteer Orientation Dates*

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018

*Dates are subject to change.

There are no Adult Volunteer Orientations held May - July.


Docents

Become a docent and inspire future conservationists. Docents support our mission by connecting guests to wildlife through informative talks, biofact presentations, and school tours. You can be a part of a vibrant community of volunteers who care about conserving wildlife. You'll meet new friends and learn all about animals from Zoo staff.

To be a docent, you must be at least 18 years of age. Attend the Docent Orientation to better understand the Docent Program and Docent responsibilities. To become a docent, you must participate in our training program, offered annually. This 10-week comprehensive course covers public speaking skills, conservation messages, Zoo history and operation, animal care and wellness, and taxonomy. Docents are required to volunteer 10 hours per month.

Contact us to learn how to get involved before the next training class, to register for the course, or to learn more about our Docent Program.

Have a Question? E-mail docent@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-7122.

2017 Docent Orientation: Saturday, January 14

10:00am - noon; Education Building Classroom 1

Please confirm your attendance to docent@sfzoo.org

2017 Docent Training Program begins
Sunday, February 5

9:00am - 3:00pm

Please confirm your attendance to docent@sfzoo.org


Teen Volunteers

The Zoo supports future conservation action through engaging youth development volunteer opportunities. We have popular summer and year-round programs that are designed to be fun and educational while building job readiness skills and inspiring youth to appreciate, care for, and conserve nature.

To be a teen volunteer at the Zoo, you must:

Zoo Crew
Volunteer on a team to restore wildlife habitat at Lake Merced and Mountain Lake in San Francisco.

Nature Trail
Learn to handle birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and speak to the public about wildlife and conservation.

Talk on the Wild Side
Learn to handle amazing animals like livestock and arthropods while giving informational talks to Zoo visitors. Utilize biofact carts to educate the public.

Zoo Teacher Assistant
Help kids explore the world of animals through zoo tours, crafts, games and assist Zoo Camp teachers with activities. Gain practical work experience with children.

Have a Question? Email youth@sfzoo.org or call (415) 753-8123.

2017-18 Orientation Dates

Nature Trail Sat, Feb 17 or Sun, Feb 25, 2018
10 am to noon
(attend only one)
Talk on the Wild Side! Sat, Feb 17 or Sun, Feb 25, 2018 
1pm to 2pm
(attend only one)
TOWS & ZTA combined orientation
Zoo Teacher Assistants Sat, Feb 17 or Sun, Feb 25, 2018 
1pm to 2pm
(attend only one)
ZTA & TOWS combined orientation
Zoo Crew  Saturday, Aug 12, 2017
10am to 11am
Please RSVP here!

Renew the Zoo

Spend a Saturday beautifying the Zoo.The role of the Zoo's Horticulture Department is more than just to create beautiful gardens for the animals and visitors, it is also to help spread the message of habitat conservation and vegetation management.

Participation means:

Who can volunteer?
Adults and children (adult:child ratio must be at least 1 adult per 5 children).

When can I volunteer?
The second Saturday of March, June, September, and December, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am Please be prompt. We will be closing the gates at 8:15. No late entries allowed.

Where do we meet?
Meet by the old entrance gate on Sloat Blvd. and 45th Avenue.

What do I wear?
Something warm and comfortable that you don't mind getting dirty. The Zoo provides tools and work gloves, but if you have work gloves, bring them just in case. Please wear sturdy work shoes.

Have a Question? E-mail renewthezoo@sfzoo.org.

Sponsoring a Corporate Renew the Zoo Event

Groups of all sizes can sponsor a private Renew the Zoo day for their companies. At a Corporate Renew the Zoo day, your group works as a team to complete Zoo projects that ultimately benefit our Bay Area community. In addition to having fun and building team camaraderie, your group receives admission to the Zoo, refreshments and free ride coupons. Zoo staff coordinate each event to make sure that your group enjoys its day at the Zoo.

Have a Question? E-mail development@sfzoo.org.

Sign up now:

June 10, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

Pre-registration is required
Sign up individually, although families may register as a group. When you register, you will receive an email confirmation. Please do not attend unless your registration has been confirmed. Print and bring your e-mailed registration to the event.



Coming dates for 2017
September 9, 2017