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The Pride of Zoo Miami


Volunteers are the pride of Zoo Miami. They are a dynamic team of devoted and talented individuals who provide valuable assistance in almost every area of our operations.

Join our pride today!


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Adult Volunteer Programs

Do you want to be a part of wildlife conservation and education while having a good time? Then Zoo Miami is the place for you!  Volunteers play an important role in helping Zoo Miami's guests to connect, care, and conserve our wildlife and their habitats.

 Volunteer Request Form 

Upcoming Volunteer Recruitment Meeting
Sat 10/8  9:30a - 12:30p


  • 18 years of age
  • Complete an interview and agree to a criminal background check and drug test
  • Commit a minimum of one year to the program and 60 hours of service per year (five hours per month)
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Limited opportunities for college students and graduates are available for internships at Zoo Miami and Zoo Miami Foundation. Unless noted below, internships are unpaid.

Program Areas:

Animal Science Internships

This internship is designed to allow participants who desire a career in animal care to gain hands on experience in a zoological setting. The interns will not only be exposed to the daily tasks of keepers working in their sections but also educated in the areas of husbandry, training, enrichment, biology, conservation and record keeping. It is our goal to offer a dynamic internship to individuals who have chosen a career in husbandry and management of zoological animals.

Description: The internship at Zoo Miami is designed for college students or recent graduates interested in multi-species animal care. This internship is unpaid. Interns must commit a minimum of 560 hours including but not limited to weekends and holidays. 

We are currently seeking interns for the Spring 2017 Term (January - April).  All applications must be received by the end of the first week in November 2016.


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
  • Must provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts
  • Must provide professional and/or academic references
  • Must be able to afford housing, food and transportation to Zoo Miami
  • Must have good communication skills, written and verbal
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs and be in good physical condition
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to internship start date
  • Must submit to background check and fingerprint screening at designated county facility

Although this internship will better equip individuals for a job in the zookeeping field, this internship does not guarantee employment with Zoo Miami or Miami-Dade County. 

All applicants will be notified upon receipt of all materials. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the coordinator of their acceptance and notified by Human Resources for further processing. 

Interested applicants should contact the below Coordinator for additional information.

Resume/Appliation Submittal Timeline

Spring Semester (January-April)                        (1st week) October 2016 – (end of 1st week) November 2016

Summer Semester (May - August)                     (1st week) February 2017 – (end of 1st week) March 2017

Fall Semester (September - December)             (1st week) June 2017 – (end of 1st week) July 2017



(But not limited to)

Africa 1 Giraffe, Zebra, Sable Antelope, Pygmy Hippopotamus 3 Kaitlyn: Kaitlyn.Whisman@miamidade.gov
Africa 2 African Painted Dogs, Spotted Hyenas, Malayan Tapirs, Somali Wild Asses, Cuban Crocodiles, Gorillas, Chimpanzees 2 Stacy: sp493@miamidade.gov
Africa 3 Asian Elephant, African Elephant, Black Rhino, Greater One-Horned Rhino, Okapi 7 Karly: kh614@miamidade.gov
Amazon & Beyond (Atlantic) Bats, Jaguar, Giant Anteater, GR Otter, Guanaco, Rhea, Spider Monkey, Squirrel Monkey, Howler Monkey 2 Laura: Laura.Kousari@miamidade.gov
Amazon & Beyond (Flooded) Harpy Eagle, a variety of Waterfowl, Passerines, other Softbills as well as small primates and reptiles 3 Julie: lindenj@miamidade.gov
Amazon & Beyond (Cloud)

Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Turtles

2 Cynthia: cb846@miamidade.gov
Asia 1 Anoa, Orangutan, Gibbon, Siamang, Clouded Leopard, ASC Otter, Gaur, Camels, Lemur, Sloth Bear 3 Crystal: CLEM@miamidade.gov
Asia 2 Aviary, Starling, Brooder, Komodo, Orinoco, Caiman, Iguana, Croc Pools 2 Michelle: MGOOSTR@miamidade.gov
Australia Koala, Tree Roo, Emu, Singing Dog, Warthog, Duiker 2 Yosanni: yt640@miamidade.gov
Florida: Mission Everglades Alligator, Bobcat, Fox, Crocodile, Eagle, Caracara, Flamingo, Panther, Bear, Song Bird, Wading Bird TBD Amy: campera@miamidade.gov
Children’s Zoo Camels, Goats, Domestic Hoofstock, Meerkat, small mammals, Parrots 2 Kristen: Kristen.K@miamidade.gov

Development & Membership Services

Interns working in the Zoo Miami Foundation Development department will assist in a variety of fundraising projects and programs. Duties may include prospect research, coordination and production of proposal packets, special events, grant writing and/or reporting. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowlege and develop skills in fundraising techniques, marketing research, non-profit management and communication. Development interns must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, including some evenings and possible weekends. Contact jlassonde@zoomiami.org

Marketing & Public Relations

Interns working in the Zoo Miami Foundation Marketing and Public Relations department may assist with general marketing tasks or be assigned to special projects as needed. Duties may include event planning and implementation assistance, conducting visitor surveys, writing press releases or stories, assembling press kits, maintaining a press clippings book, and research. This is an ideal opportunity to gain practical experience for a career in the field. Marketing interns must be able to work a minimum of 10 hours per week, including some weekends. Contact aobregon@zoomiami.org.

Special Events

Interns working with the Special Events Manager will be working under the Development department to assist in a variety of fundraising projects and events. Duties may include vendor research, such as getting quotes, production of sponsorship proposal packets, assisting with décor, volunteers, and other organizational aspects of the event. This is an ideal opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in special event planning. Must be able to work 15 hours per week. Good organizational skills and attention to detail is a must. Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Windows, and other related computer programs necessary. Contact sgreene@zoomiami.org


Internships may be available in other areas of Zoo operations, including education, human resources, volunteer management, etc.

To explore your options, contact isanchez@zoomiami.org or 305-255-5551.

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Group Volunteer Program

Zoo Miami welcomes groups of volunteers to assist in one-time projects around the Zoo grounds. Activities will vary and may include planting, weeding, mulching, painting, and other Zoo beautification projects.  Groups may also volunteer at some of Zoo Miami's special events, such as Zoo Boo —and the Great Zoo Miami Egg Safari.

Scout troops, sororities, fraternities, youth groups and other community groups are accepted for volunteer workday projects and these will depend on the Zoo's needs.  Projects may be scheduled for any day of the week and must consist of a minimum of four hours work.  Volunteers are encouraged to stay and enjoy the Zoo when the work is done.

fill out our online request form

Group projects are scheduled at least 30 days in advance. To request a date and time for your group, or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 305-255-5551.

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Corporate Volunteer Program

Corporations play a special role by bringing groups of employee volunteers together, often for specific projects on either an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. These projects not only provide an invaluable service to the Zoo, but also afford a wonderful opportunity for employees to spend quality time together outside the workplace. If your company would like to become involved at Zoo Miami, we can tailor a program of activities that is just right for you and your employees. There are an unlimited number of possibilities, but the sample programs which follow offer some ideas to get you going.


You can work with Zoo professionals to determine a specific activity that your corporation can make your own for example, a children's educational program or activity, the promotion and beautification of a particular animal exhibit, or providing guides for traveling exhibits with a schedule that fits your needs as well as those of the Zoo.

Hold a Corporate Zoo Day

Bring the whole gang together for a one-time Zoo Beautification day complete with a front entrance banner proclaiming (Your Corporation Name) Day at the Zoo! Enjoy a fun day of teamwork and camaraderie in a tranquil setting.

Link Your Corporate Donations to Your Community Service

If you are interested in making a corporation donation to Zoo Miami, you may want to consider linking your funds to your employees volunteer service donating a specific amount for every hour volunteered.

Join the Pride!

You can encourage your employees - both current and retired - to join the "Pride" of Zoo Miami The "Pride" is a membership organization of Zoo volunteers who undergo training and commit to serve a specific number of hours each month in a variety of capacities, according to their interests and abilities. The "Pride" welcomes volunteers of all ages to join this dedicated group. We would be happy to provide you with literature to distribute to your employees.

For more information, please email or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 305-255-5551.

Please contact education@zoomiami.org or 305-255-5551 for more information.