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Volunteer at the Zoo

A volunteer assignment at the Zoo offers flexible hours — many Zoo departments work seven days a week. Most of our volunteer positions are available to individuals who are 18 years or older.

To request a volunteer information packet, please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator with your area of interest, full name, address, city, state and ZIP code so we can send the information to you without delay.

For those individuals who are under 18 years old, opportunities are available. These opportunities include volunteering for Special Events or particpating in Summer Teen Learning Adventures. For Special Event information e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator. For Teen Summer Learning Adventure information e-mail the Education Specialist.

2015 Volunteer of the Year

Sedgwick County Zoo would like to recognize Rhonda Carra with the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award.

Since 2013, Rhonda has volunteered in the Koch Orangutan & Chimpanzees Habitat, with Ape Watchers, in Australia and South America mammal department, as a docent and occasionally, volunteers for special events.

In 2015, Rhonda volunteered 1,082 hours and has well over 1,500 hours in her time here at the Zoo.
Guests may most easily recognize one of Rhonda’s many talents during our Easter Eggstravaganza and Season’s Treatings events. She is the volunteer that provides handmade plush animals for the apes, a project that she does outside of her time at the Zoo.

What sets Rhonda apart this year was her involvement and participation in the Orangutan Husbandry Workshop the Zoo hosted in October of last year. Rhonda was one of a small group who personally designed, cleaned, cut and sewed 255 billboard bags that were used as gift bags for the workshop. These bags were also sold, raising money for the Ape TAG conservation fund.

“Rhonda’s dedication to the Zoo, the staff, and the animals are what we dream of when we have a volunteer come to work with us,” said Katie Kimble, senior keeper of Australia and South America mammals, “She has been a joy to have around and a pleasure to work with. We aren’t sure what we would do without her!”

In 2015, the Sedgwick County Zoo totaled 835 volunteers who donated 33,385 hours. Volunteers help the Zoo by giving their time which in turn saves the Zoo money. The cumulative hours donated by the Sedgwick County Zoo volunteers in 2015 were equal to 17 full time employees. Thanks to all of you for what you do to help make the Zoo the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.

Docent Program

Become a Zoo ambassador! Do you love animals? Do you want to share your passion with others? Become part of the Sedgwick County Zoo Docent Program. Docents are trained education volunteers who help with all aspects of Zoo education. As a docent you will work with education animals, assist with a variety of education activities and meet others who share your interests.

To find out more about this exciting program, please contact the Education Department at 266-8213.