The Texas Zoo
The Texas Zoo

Volunteering at The Texas Zoo

General Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Program at The Texas Zoo. Volunteers help to support our zoo by helping with animal care, education, guest services and special events. Volunteers for The Texas Zoo fit into the following categories; Adult Volunteers, Group Volunteers, and Special Event Volunteers. Please read the following information to learn more about each category of volunteering at The Texas Zoo and choose the option that works best for you and your schedule.

Adult Volunteers______________________________________________________________________

Are you an adult that would like to volunteer on the regular basis at The Texas Zoo? Join our team of dedicated individuals who have a passion for the natural world, and help make a visit to The Texas Zoo unforgettable for our guests. Persons willing to become an adult volunteer must be 18 years or older, go through an application process, and make a commitment of volunteering at least 8 hours per week for one year. Volunteers will receive training, have the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends. Adults wishing to volunteer may be able to volunteer in the following ways:

   Keeper Aide – Volunteers in a Keeper Aide position will be trained to shadow our Animal Care Staff, helping to clean exhibits, create animal enrichment, preparing diets and assist with special animal projects.

   Commissary Assistant – Volunteers in a Commissary Assistant position will be trained to assist with animal diet preparation, as well as to clean and restock meal prep and storage areas.

   Educational Docent – Volunteers in an Educational Docent position will be trained to assist with on and off site educational programs. Programs may include but are not limited to, guided tours, educational carts, outreach programs, zoo camps, special events, and animal encounters.

   Grounds – Volunteers in a Grounds position will be trained to help maintain all of the zoo’s plant life. Duties may include but are not limited to, tree trimming, planting, watering, and pruning.


   Guest Services – Volunteers in our Guests Services position will be trained to assist zoo guests. Duties may include but are not limited to, answering guest questions, helping with special events, and record keeping.

To apply, please fill out our Adult Volunteer Application and return to Once your application is received our staff will contact you to complete the application process.

  Download the application here:

2016 Adult Volunteer Application

Group Volunteers______________________________________________________________________

The Texas Zoo welcomes school, community and corporate volunteer groups to volunteer for Special Events and large zoo projects. All opportunities will vary depending on the time of year but all will take place outdoors in a fun, fast paced atmosphere.

Special Events Groups may be needed for:

  • Wild About Wine (Spring)(21 and up only)
  • Zoo Boo (Fall)
  • Haunted Zoo (Fall)
  • Snow Daze (Winter)

Group volunteering opportunities are usually scheduled in 4 hour shifts and at least 30 days in advance. All group volunteers must be age 13 or older and at least one adult chaperone for every 10 volunteers under the age of 18 is required. If your group is interested in becoming a Group Volunteer, please fill out our Group Volunteer Application and return to We will contact you as needed.


 Download the application here:

2016 Group Volunteer Application

Special Event Volunteers________________________________________________________________


Are you an adult looking to volunteer at The Texas Zoo but can’t meet our 8 hour a week commitment? Or are you a high school student needing community service hours for school? Become a Special Events Volunteer! Special Events Volunteers donate their time during select Special Events, to help zoo staff and zoo guests in a fun, fast paced atmosphere. Special Events Volunteers must be at least age 13.  To apply, please fill out the Special Events Volunteer application and return to Our staff will contact you when we have an event coming up.


Special Events Groups may be needed for:

Wild About Wine (Spring)(21 and up only)



Snow Daze (Winter)

Download the application here:

2016 Special Events Volunteer Application