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Denver Zoo volunteers are a dedicated group of individuals, from all walks of life, united by their advocacy for the zoo and their passion for animals and conservation. Volunteers play a vital role in supporting Denver Zoo’s mission by enhancing the guests’ experience by connecting them with animals and their environment through their passion, commitment, dedication and knowledge.  


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APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. They will reopen on November 1st, 2016

Please note: Applications to the Denver Zoo Volunteer Program exceed the number of available positions in each training class. The selection of new volunteers is based on matching applicants with current zoo needs. 



  • Commit to volunteering at Denver Zoo for a minimum of one year, with a minimum of 50 hours of service a year.
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Able to attend two days of orientation (Zoo U) on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th.
  • Committed to providing our guests with the highest standard of guest service.
  • Passionate about educating people of all ages and background about animals, nature and conservation.
  • Friendly, outgoing and dependable.
  • Available to attend three general meetings annually- typically occur on the first Tuesday and Saturday of the month.
  • Able to pay a $45 application fee which includes one Denver Zoo polo volunteer shirt and Zoo U orientation. (scholarship support is available upon request)
  • Become a Denver Zoo member (scholarship support is available upon request)


  1. COMPLETE AN APPLICATION – Applications are open from November 1st, 2016 - January 1st, 2016. Clicking on “apply here” will bring you to the first part of our application. You must then complete the second part of the application through the online survey . Your application is not complete until both parts are done.
  2. RECEIVE ACCEPTANCE LETTER - If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter requesting you to accept your volunteer position. 
  3. BACKGROUND CHECK & TRAINING FEES- All adult volunteers are required to complete and pass a criminal background check. There is a $45 training fee that is required by all volunteers. Scholarship support is available on request.
  4. ATTEND ORIENTATION - All adult volunteers must attend a two-day orientation called Zoo U. This orientation will give you an introduction to Denver Zoo, its mission, Adult Volunteer Program staff and the skills necessary to provide the highest standard of guest experience.

Orientation Dates:

Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2017


Note: Additional job-specific training is required depending on your interests before you can start volunteering.


For more information, contact Emily Speck at (720)337-1619 or 

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