“Volunteers are integral and valued partners in helping the Calgary Zoo reach its vision to be a leader in wildlife conservation.”
Diversity and Inclusion
The zoo will demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion
Volunteers and staff will have an ongoing, reciprocal exchange of information and ideas
Volunteers will experience a safe, fun, friendly, supportive, and educational environment
Volunteers will find opportunity for personal growth and development
Volunteers will be supported, trained, and recognized for their innovation
Volunteers and staff will be recognized for their effective partnerships and support of each other
Becoming An Adult Volunteer
Step 1. Application
Complete our online application which gives us important information about who you are. Apply to be a volunteer today! You then need to attend a group interview which gives you an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about volunteering at the zoo.
Step 2. Training
Once your application is accepted, you will be provided with training to ensure you are set up for success as a Calgary Zoo Volunteer. Our training program includes online training, an in-person orientation, and a one on one familiarization with a Calgary Zoo staff member.
Step 3. Probation
The first 20 hours of your volunteer time with us is probation. This allows you to try out and shadow a number of different opportunities across the zoo while being supported by an experienced volunteer.
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Junior Zoo Guides
Junior Zoo Guides are youth ages 14-17 who make a one year commitment to volunteer their time at the zoo. This is the only opportunity available for those under 18 to volunteer at the zoo.
Junior Zoo Guide volunteers donate their skills to our year-round operation in areas such as Visitor Engagement, Customer Experience, Summer Camps, and Special Events like ZOOLIGHTS and Easter Eggstravaganza.