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 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 Zoo Mallee Minders

Adelaide Zoo Volunteer Guides, Boo in 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: In most cases volunteer activities do not involve contact with animals and volunteers do not assist zoo keepers with animal care or veterinary staff with the health and well-being of the animals.

To become a volunteer you must:

  • Be 18 years of age to apply;
  • Agree to a National Police Check;
  • Be a current financial member of the zoo;
  • Commit to a minimum of 200 hours per year – which equates to 2 full days per month at Monarto Zoo or 4 shifts per month at Adelaide Zoo;
  • Have your own email address and are comfortable using smart phones, tablets or PCs to access email and be willing to learn and 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 main volunteer intakes per year in February/March and July/August for our two zoos. You can apply anytime via the online form. Some roles can commence outside of these intakes.

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;

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

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 Centre

  • 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.

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 at every intake

Administration and Event Support

  • Assisting staff with with a range of business or event administration tasks
  • Applications welcome outside of our two annual intakes

 

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 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.

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

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.

Our next Volunteer Program Information Night will be held on:

When: Tuesday 4th June 2019
Time: 4.30pm – 6.30 pm
Where: Adelaide Zoo, Santos Conservation Centre
Front Forecourt – Main Entrance

All applications received since November 2018 have been held over for consideration for the 2019 mid-year intake and applicants will be sent an invite to the Information night in May with details about which Adelaide and Monarto Zoo roles are being offered for this intake. Roles are offered based on business needs and demands. Attendance is strictly by RSVP to the invite.

If you have not applied to be a volunteer as yet, please click ‘how to apply’ below and submit your application!

 

Complete the application form by clicking on the Apply Now button below.

All applications online are entered on to our database. You will receive an email if you have successfully submitted your form. Closer to the next intake you will be sent an invitation to attend the next Volunteer Information Night session

After the Information Night, applicants who believe volunteering for Zoos SA is right for them may then book an interview to meet with our Volunteer Program staff to allow us to determine if you match to our programs.

If accepted into the Volunteer Program, new volunteers must attend a mandatory Orientation and Basic Training (OBT) session and attend the required training for their chosen program in order to pass the appraisal process and become a Zoos SA volunteer!

 

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