Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers are dedicated to promoting the Zoo’s mission and educating guests about animals and conservation.
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.
How to get involved
Animal Care/Department Volunteers
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.
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.
Learn more about our Zookeeper Apprentice Program.