Adult Volunteers

Volunteers interact with zoo visitors at Exploration Stations, assist with community outreach through our Zoomobile program, and help with zoo special events. 

Adult Volunteer Program Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Donate a minimum of 50 volunteer hours annually

  • Maintain an annual Tautphaus Park Zoological Society (TPZS) Membership

  • Provide proof of current tetanus booster, and (if invited to assist in the Primate Center) proof of a negative tuberculosis test every two years. Contact your physician or District 7 Health Department for costs and details. 

  • Complete mandatory training sessions

  • Purchase a uniform shirt ($17- $20), and supply own black pants or shorts

Volunteer Benefits

  • 50% discount on annual TPZS membership fee
  • 20% discount in the Zoo Giftshop
  • Zoo and special event admission *as detailed in the TPZS membership you purchase
  • Opportunity to serve in a beautiful, dynamic setting, and connect with people of similar interests
  • Monthly digital newsletter
  • Opportunities for additional training and continued learning
Volunteer walking donkey

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Join us for a virtual information session at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 26! Email the Volunteer Department at to request the link and passcode to this meeting. 


 2023 adult volunteer applications are open from January 1 - February 16.

apply here

Questions? Contact Kathryn Farley in the volunteer department at 208-612-8453 or email