Zoos SA’s 500 strong volunteer team is an important part of the zoo family and supports a variety of activities within our zoos and beyond.

As a conservation-based charity, our volunteers play a vital role in supporting our work and helping us to achieve our purpose to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Volunteering for Zoos SA is a wonderful opportunity to make a lasting contribution to our important wildlife conservation work while helping the zoo and its unique animal residents.

Volunteers also get to experience some amazing moments in our Zoo’s life, make new friends and create life-long memories.

    Monarto Safari Park Mallee Minders

Adelaide Zoo Volunteer Guides, Boo at the Zoo Volunteers and Monarto Zoo Mallee Minders

Zoos SA volunteers love animals, the natural world and most importantly, love interacting and engaging with people. Our generous volunteers contribute across our zoos in a range of roles. Oftentimes they are they are the public face of the zoo.

Being a volunteer enables you to work in an amazing environment with friendly, like-minded people. You’ll gain knowledge, develop skills and use your own skills and experiences to contribute positively to our Zoo programs while knowing you are very much appreciated.

Please note: Most programs do not involve contact with animals and the main focus is in engaging and sharing your love of our Zoos and our collection with visitors and members.

To become a volunteer you must:

  • Be 18 years of age to apply;
  • Have a current National Police Check or be willing to undergo a screening;
  • Be a current financial member of the zoo;
  • Commit to regular service of about 180 hours per year of service – which equates to 2 full days per month at Monarto Safari Park or 4 half-day shifts per month at Adelaide Zoo on average;
  • Have your own email address and are comfortable using smart phones, tablets or PCs to access email, or be willing to learn, so you can use our online roster system.
  • Undertake our volunteer training and agree to act in accordance with our values, policies, procedures and processes.

We have two volunteer intakes per year in the beginning of the year and mid-year.

You can apply anytime via the online form, check out the different roles we offer and select those that you are interested in being considered for.

If your interests match to our current recruiting needs you will be invited to attend a short interview ahead of the next intake so we can see if you match to if you match to our program, values and culture.

Selection to be a volunteer is a competitive process due to the limited places in our programs, compared to the number of applications we receive. however if a program is not being recruited for a particular intake we will retain your application and invite you to attend the next intake where this program is offered.

We are seeking passionate, committed, curious, adaptable and positive volunteers.

Adelaide Zoo volunteers engage in a variety of tasks that form an integral part of assisting with the day to day running of the zoo and help our visitors to have an enjoyable experience.

Adelaide Zoo has a variety of roles for volunteers including;

Zoo Guides

  • Lead groups on walks around the zoo;
  • Tell engaging stories about our collection;
  • Provide information to visitors about our conservation efforts and how it relates to our animals;
  • Provide interpretation of touch tables items.

Visitor Welcome and Assist

  • Offer a inviting welcome to Adelaide Zoo
  • Give assistance or information so visitors get the most out of their experience at our Zoo
  • Interact with visitors in the Envirodome, Panda Forest and on our Touch Tables.

Information Desk

  • Provide information and directions to visitors within the zoo;
  • Be knowledgeable on other attractions within the city and state so that further information can be provided to our guests.

Children’s Zoo

  • Help keeping staff to maintain Children’s Zoo animals through handling and feeding;
  • Supervise visitor interaction with some animals;
  • Inform visitors about the animals and the work done in the Children’s Zoo.
  • Not offered every intake

Pot a Zoo

  • Assist staff in keeping our beautiful gardens in good order
  • Physically active role on Wednesdays
  • Not offered every intake

BEEZA AZ

Behavioural and Environmental Enrichment for Zoo Animals

  • Volunteers work closely with keepers to produce and provide a range of enrichment foods and products for the animals.
  • Weekdays only
  • Not offered every intake

A to Zoo & Zoocation

  • Support early learning activities for young children
  • Support our vacation care program during school holidays
  • All volunteers need a DHS (formerly DCSI) clearance for these roles.
  • Not offered every intake

Administration and Event Support

  • Assisting staff with with a range of business or event administration tasks
  • Event & public engagement opportunities may be on offer during peak times across a short block of time, such as summer holidays and school holiday periods. Ask about these at the Information session!

All of our volunteers can choose to be involved in our annual events program which includes Boo in the Zoo, Twilight Zoos in Summer and other great events during the year.

Monarto Safari Park volunteers engage in a variety of tasks that form an integral part of assisting with the day to day running of the zoo and help our visitors to have an enjoyable experience.

As a Monarto Safari Park volunteer you’ll get the chance to support a variety of activities including;

Zuloop Tour Guides

  • Lead safari bus tours and walking tours around the park;
  • Tell engaging stories about our collection;
  • Provide static guiding at set locations within the park;
  • Provide commentary and information about the park and our wildlife conservation efforts.

Platform Hosts

  • Provide static guiding at set locations within the park;
  • Provide commentary and information about the park and our wildlife conservation efforts.
  • Tell engaging stories about our collection.

 BEEZA MZ

Behavioural and Environmental Enrichment for Zoo Animals

  • Make food treats requested by zoo keepers;
  • Develop ideas for animal enrichment activities;
  • Build and install approved enrichment activities;
  • Assist in collecting items required for food treats and environmental enrichment.
  • BEEZA operates Monday through Friday only
  • Not offered in all intakes

Mallee Minders

  • Re vegetation, plant watering, plan nursery work
  • Care of existing mallee scrub
  • Maintenance and light repairs
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays only
  • Not offered in all intakes

Wild Africa 

  • Support of a range of Wild Africa projects
  • Maintenance and light repairs
  • Painting, gardening, property maintenance
  • Fencing, light mechanical
  • For people with trades backgrounds or equivalent skills
  • Tuesdays or other week days as negotiated
  • Applications welcome throughout the year!

All of our volunteers can choose to be involved in our annual events program which includes Boo in the Zoo, our popular volunteer run events and other events across both zoos.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Zoos SA.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT & TRAINING DATES 2020

Intake 1 – beginning of year

  • Applicants Interviews offered for late January

Adelaide Zoo volunteer program training:

  • Sundays, commencing late March

Monarto Safari Park volunteer intake program:

  • Mondays, Commencing late March

 

Intake 2 – Mid-year

  • Applicant Interviews will be offered for mid June

Adelaide Zoo volunteer program training:

  • Thursdays, commencing in July

Monarto Safari Park volunteer intake program:

  • Sundays, commencing late July

Attendance to commence training with Zoos SA will be by invitation only once interviews have been undertaken and candidates reviewed and matched to available vacancies in our programs.

NOTE:

Applications will be retained for future intakes unless you notify us.

All applicants who are  interviewed will be notified if they match to our programs or not.

 

Click here to apply!

 

Keeper Hayley made this incredible Pygmy Blue-tongue cake for the #TSBakeoff, complete with the spider burrows thes… https://t.co/jTG6sWpSmS

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