Zoos SA’s 600 strong volunteer group forms an indispensable part of the zoo family and supports a variety of activities within the zoo and beyond.

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

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.

Zoos SA volunteers also get the chance to take part in some amazing experiences, make new friends and create life-long memories.

Adelaide Zoo Volunteers  Monarto Zoo Mallee Minders

Adelaide Zoo Volunteer Guides and Monarto Zoo Mallee Minders

Zoos SA volunteers have a love of animals and the natural world and also have a love of people. There’s many fun and exciting opportunities for all interests; whether they be working with the public or behind the scenes with plants and animals, independently or in groups, or on weekdays or weekends.

Being a volunteer enables you to work in an amazing environment with friendly, like-minded people. You’ll gain knowledge, develop skills and know you are very much appreciated.

It’s important to understand 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 wellbeing of the animals.

To become a volunteer you must:

  • 18 years of age;
  • Agree to a National Police Check;
  • Be a current financial member of the zoo;
  • Commit to a minimum of one day per month.

As an Adelaide Zoo volunteer you’ll get the chance to support a variety of activities including guiding and providing information to zoo visitors, monitoring animals, creating environmental enrichment treats for zoo animals, hosting tours, providing educational support and assisting with zoo events.

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.

Zoo Guides

  • Lead groups on walks around the zoo;
  • 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.

Create Environmental Enrichment Treats for Zoo Animals – BEEZA

  • 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.

Youth at the Zoo – YATZ

Applications for 2017 Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) will open late 2016.
  • Program open for young adults aged 14-18;
  • Develop skills in conservation leadership;
  • Play an active role in Zoos SA conservation projects;
  • Work together with others who have a heart for conservation;
  • Become a Zoos SA advocate in the community.

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 guiding and providing information to zoo visitors, monitoring animals, creating environmental enrichment treats for zoo animals, native re-vegetation, providing educational support and assisting with zoo events.

Mallee Minders

  • Assist in vegetation work at Monarto including tree planting, seed collection and propagation, weed eradication, irrigation and general cleaning;
  • Assist staff with enclosure landscaping;
  • Assist with other odd jobs around the park.

Monarto Guides

  • Lead safari bus tours and walking tours around the park;
  • 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.

Create Environmental Enrichment Treats for Zoo Animals – BEEZA

  • 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.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Zoos SA.

Applications have closed for the 2016 Midyear Intake for volunteer opportunities.

Our next intake will be in February 2017.

The Information Session for the 2017 year will be held in November 2016 in readiness for the new year. (date to be confirmed).

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

All applications that come through our website are entered on to our database. You will be contacted by email and sent an invitation to the next Volunteer Information Session.

After the Information Night, applicants who believe volunteering for Zoos SA is right for them may then book an interview.

If accepted into the Volunteer Program, new volunteers must attend a mandatory Orientation and Basic Training (OBT) session and attend the required training programs in order to pass the appraisal process.

 

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.

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