Animal Care Volunteers Needed at The Buttonwood Park Zoo

Open Opportunity


Do you have an interest in animals and animal care? Want to gain experience while earning your degree? Volunteer your time at the Buttonwood Park Zoo!

Animal Care Volunteers work with animal caretakers in their areas assisting in the daily cleaning and disinfecting, diet preparation and distribution, enrichment activities, data collection, and exhibit maintenance.

Please Note: direct animal contact is limited and is at the discretion of the animal caretaker.


  • Serious interest in all animals and their behavior & habits, husbandry, enrichment, training, and conservation
  • Volunteers must be at least 17 years old
  • Be physically fit – must be able to lift 50lbs and be on feet for long periods
  • Commitment of at least (1) consistent 4-hour shift per week up to (3) full 8-hour shifts per week for at least a semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). Shifts are 7AM – 4PM from November – March, and 8AM – 5PM from March – November due to daylight savings time.
    • Fall Semester runs from September 3rd to December 16th with rolling admission 

To apply to be an Animal Care Volunteer:

  • Please complete the Buttonwood Park Zoo Volunteer Application
  • All applications will be reviewed once the deadline passes for each semester. Please note, an application is not a guarantee of an interview or offer due to the competitive nature and skills required for this program position.
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