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Due to COVID-19, our volunteer programs have currently been suspended until further notice.
This program is closed until further notice!
Do you want to be a part of a zoological organization that seeks to connect guests to wildlife providing the opportunity for guests to care and support conservation? Then Zoo Miami is the place for you! Volunteers play an important role in creating engaging guest experiences and supporting zoo staff. Join our zoo family and be a part of the team!
Guest Engagement - Provide engaging customer service and talk to guests about the animals and how they can help.
Administration - Whether its filing or answering phone calls, there is always office work to be done.
Critter Connection - Assist our Critter Connection team as a Wacky Barn Attendant and Keeper Aide. Show us what you got and you can even apply to be an ambassador animal handler providing animal encounter experiences for zoo guests.
Requirements: Must be 18 years or older and commit to providing 70 hours of annual volunteer service.
Work assignments involve cleaning of cages, yards and holding areas; preparing and distributing diets, data entry, animal record keeping, research and observation and other related tasks.
Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume along with the internship application form (below).
Assist in the daily routine which may include diet preparation, food item stocking and inventory, food safety and sanitation, diet record keeping, diet formulation, food item sampling, food enrichment, necropsies, data entry, and nutrition-related research and observation.
Guest Experiences Volunteer
Work assignments involve working closely with zoo staff in providing customer service at the zoo admissions and revenue concession operations. Various tasks include providing information and direction to the guests, validation of tickets, assisting in preparing equipment for rental, assisting at the monorail stations, assist in crowd control and other related duties to include day or night special events.
Submit Documents to: ZMVolunteers@miamidade.gov
Participate in maintenance and horticultural projects. Various tasks include ground maintenance, painting, landscaping projects, pruning, trimming, planting, fertilizing, mulching and other related tasks.
The Conservation Teen Scientist program (CTS) is an opportunity for 9th-12th graders to join our zoo team as you develop practical life skills (public speaking, team building, etc.) and increase your knowledge in the arena of environmental sciences. Interpret at exhibits while assisting with customer service and events while simultaneously receiving the opportunity to network with experts in their field, go on field trips, receive community service hours, and receive animal handling training with ambassador animals after 1 year of participation.
The program is a yearly commitment with 15 days over the summer and 2 days per month during the school year. Only a certain number of applicants will be accepted into the program. To apply please download the application and turn in the requested materials to the Zoo Miami Foundation (instructions within application).
We offer three different volunteer opportunities for teenagers in Grades 9-12
(Completed application includes online application and 2 references submitted)
June 15 - 19 or June 22-26
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Looking to fulfill those community service hours? Why not do them at Zoo Miami where you are surrounded by over 3,000 animals? Sign up to volunteer for Zoo Camp during Spring or Summer Camp, assisting counselors as we provide the best zoo experience and build eco-warriors. Applicants must be 14-18 years of age. This program is sponsored by Zoo Miami Foundation. Further questions should be directed to Zoo Miami Foundation at 305-255-5551 or email@example.com.
To apply please fill out the application and submit 2 references using the Reference Form below. Applications are not complete until we receive your references.
We offer three different volunteer opportunities for teenagers in Grades 9-12.
Teen Academic Volunteers have assignments that involve working closely with zoo staff in providing customer service at the zoo admission and revenue concession operations. Various tasks include providing information and direction to guests, validation of tickets, assisting in preparing equipment for rentals, assisting with crowd control, and other related duties. This program is sponsored by Zoo Miami. Further questions should be directed to the zoo front desk at 305-251-0400.
We also welcome volunteers from companies, scout troops, fraternities, and other community groups to assist with one-time projects and events around the Zoo Miami. These projects provide an invaluable service to the Zoo while also providing a wonderful opportunity for groups to spend quality time together. We can tailor a program of activities that is right for your group.
Please contact ZMVolunteers@miamidade.gov or 305-251-0400 to make arrangements.