Volunteering at Your Detroit Zoo
Thank you for your interest in volunteering!  The Detroit Zoological Society recruits volunteers in the spring and fall each year. The minimum age to volunteer is 18 and volunteers do not come in direct contact with animal residents.

Click on the Volunteer Opportunities below.
Step 1: Complete an application. A confirmation will be sent to you verifying your enrollment in an orientation.

Step 2: Attend a two-part orientation. Orientation Part 1 is a general overview of our program focusing mainly on opportunities available at the Detroit Zoo. Part 2 is an overview of the Zoo’s educational mission, volunteer policies and procedures and information on emergency preparedness. Part 1 and 2 are mandatory and must be completed in sequence. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for an individual interview with a Volunteer Services staff member.

Step 3: Complete an interview. These 20-minute interviews help us in finding a good match between your interests and availability and our needs. You will also complete paperwork for a criminal background check at this time.

 
The minimum age to volunteer is 18 and volunteers do not come in direct contact with animal residents.  Some volunteer positions are seasonal; others are year-round.