Zoo Crew

Be a part of our Zoo Crew! 
The Amarillo Zoo is seeking volunteers who have a love and respect for animals and a passion for serving the visitors at the Zoo. Zoo volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills to the Zoo operations. Of course, no prior experience is necessary — we’ll teach you what you need to know! Whether you have just a few hours each month to spare, or are looking for a new avenue in life, there is a home for you at the Amarillo Zoo. It is people like you that help the Zoo share our mission of education, conservation, recreation and community while making sure the Zoo is a great place to visit! GET INVOLVED – Volunteer!

Zoo Crew Volunteer Requirements:

Adults (18 years of age and up)  

• Applications are accepted year round
• Complete an application and have an interview
• Have background check completed
• Must offer a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer work each month to remain active
• Complete volunteer orientation/training
• Complete volunteer training for your area of interest

Zoo Crew Training Class: Spring 2020

*To Be Announced*

Zoo Crew Volunteer Application



How do I apply?

If you're interested in becoming a Zoo volunteer, you'll need to fill out an online application. We interview prospective volunteers in the 3-6 weeks prior to a training class, but you can submit an application any time of the year.

What can I do as a volunteer at the Amarillo zoo?

Some opportunities are seasonal, some are project-based, and some happen all year round. These opportunities might include Operations, Education, Special Events, Administrative Support and Guest Services.

Interpreters- Educate our guests about the animals at the zoo and the importance of conservation. Enrich the experience for families and school groups through informal exhibit interpretation, Zoofari Carts and animal enrichment activities.

Guest Services – Help make sure that the Zoo experience is as amazing as possible by greeting the groups that come. Volunteers are needed at the gates, outside new exhibits and at certain events to make sure the needs of our guests are met. Volunteers in Guest Services help to assure that the Zoo experience is safe and fun for all.

Special Events – Help staff with a variety of special events throughout the year. This includes fun family events such as Boo at the Zoo, Easter EGG-citement, and much more!

Animal Care* – What do zookeepers do? Find out by becoming a keeper aide. Assist in the daily cleaning, feeding and other husbandry duties for the Zoo’s education animal collection and possibly some of the hoofstock collection.

*Please note: Due to strict animal husbandry guidelines and safety issues, there is no contact or inside-exhibit work with the majority of the animals at the zoo. Remember, this is for the animals’ safety and well-being as well as yours.

Office Assistant- Volunteers are needed to assist with answering phones, admissions, filing, computer work and general clerical duties.

Much Much More! – If you have special skills or talents, let us know… there may be a place for you at the zoo.

How long do I have to volunteer for?

We ask that all of our volunteers commit to a minimum of one year. However, if you are interested in volunteering for a shorter period of time, we have special events such as Boo at the Zoo, Conservation Celebration and others.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

Applicants for the Zoo Crew must be at least 13 when the application is submitted. 

Will volunteering with the Amarillo zoo lead to employment?

Not necessarily. Joining the volunteer program will not guarantee you employment at the Amarillo Zoo. If you are interested in seeking employment, please refer to the City of Amarillo website to view current job openings.

Does it cost anything to join the volunteer program at the Amarillo Zoo?

Yes, there is a $25 cost to become a volunteer. This fee covers uniform tee-shirt, manual, and name tag.

When are the training classes held?

The training classes are held several times per year and are generally on the weekend. You do not have to wait for a training date to apply to the volunteer program. You can sign up at anytime throughout the year, but you must have an interview before you can attend a training class. Dates are typically posted 2-3 months before the class is held.

Will I get to work with the lions and monkeys?

Due to safety for you and the animals, volunteers are not allowed to work with dangerous animals such as the lions, bears and bobcats. Volunteers in the animal care program will primarily work with our hoof stock and educational animals such as sheep, goats, donkeys, ferrets, hedgehogs, iguanas and others.

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Come visit us!

The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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