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Volunteer Opportunities

Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers are dedicated to promoting the Zoo’s mission and educating guests about animals and conservation.

Get Started

All Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers are required to complete a volunteer application. Individuals 18 and older must also pass a background check before volunteer work can begin.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not accepting new volunteers until further notice.


How to get involved

Husbandry Aides

Work directly with zookeepers and staff to perform routine duties such as feedings, cleaning, and general husbandry for our animals. Volunteer work is done near animals, but does not involve direct animal contact, handling, or training. Must be able to stand, climb, and bend for extended periods of time and must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Must be able to work both indoors and outdoors and in all weather conditions.

Animal Care/Department volunteers must be 18 years of age to be considered for a volunteer position, and must complete a training session before beginning volunteer work. Shifts for Animal Care/Department volunteers are a minimum of 4 hours per week and must be regular and consistent.

Special Event Volunteers

The Sedgwick County Zoo offers many Signature Events throughout the year, including Easter Eggstravaganza, Night of the Living Zoo, and Zoobilee. Special Event volunteers have the option to sign up for all events, or just the ones that fit within their schedule and interests.

Must be 14 years of age to volunteer for Special Events. For certain events, volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


If you enjoy being outside, interacting with people, and teaching others about nature, the docent program is for you. Docents at the Sedgwick County Zoo inspire and educate Zoo guests through engaging, hands-on activities.

Must be 18 years of age to be considered for the docent program.

Work Groups

The Zoo offers a wide range of opportunities for groups to get involved, ranging from helping with a landscape project to assisting with Signature Events. Each member of the group must complete a volunteer application to be submitted on the scheduled day of volunteering.

Group volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to volunteer in Zoo departments and at least 14 to volunteer for Signature Events.

Teen Volunteers

Learn more about our Zookeeper Apprentice Program.




Zoo News

Our monthly e-newsletter holds a fun assortment of announcements, discounts, and news so you can stay up to date with Sedgwick County Zoo.

What to Know

We’re excited to see you at the Zoo today! Here are some things to remember during your visit.

Animals Sightings

As always, some animals may not be visible due to weather or other factors. After 4:00 PM, you may see fewer animals during your visit.

Zoo Rules

Please read and follow all Zoo Rules and Policies to respect our guests and animals.