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Volunteer at ZoFo

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Volunteers make what we do not only possible, but way more fun, too. They are at the very heart of our work. For one to give of themselves and their precious time is an amazing gift that we could never show enough gratitude.  If the foundation’s mission to create a more humane world rings true ​to you, and you’d like to get more involved, you’ve landed on the right page!

Volunteer opportunities are reserved for those 16 and over. Volunteer jobs include:

We simply ask for those who volunteer to commit to a minimum of 6 months and 2-6 hours per week for most jobs.  Youth looking for volunteer school credit to graduate are welcome to apply and if accepted, we will track and verify those hours for you.

Apply to Volunteer

Not Yet 16?

Check out our camps, programs, and club opportunities for youth under 16 in the youth zone!

  • Camps & Classes
  • C.A.M.E.L. Club
  • Youth Leadership Projects
Youth Zone

FAQs

What volunteer options are available?

We have several opportunities to choose from:

  • Animal Care (e.g. cleaning, feeding, etc.)
  • Hot House Gardening
  • Tour Guides (April through October)
  • Junior Camp Counselor; ages 13-18 (summer months)
What is required of the volunteers?

First of all, volunteering should be fun and rewarding.  However, we do require each volunteer to go through orientation just like an employee does, as there is a lot to learn when taking care of so many animals.  We want to make sure you have the information to make an informed decision.  You will also be trained and the training documented so you won’t be asked to do anything until we have properly trained you.  We do require a 6 month commitment of 2 hours per week.  You can certainly volunteer more and most of our volunteers do.

Where do volunteers park?

All volunteers are asked to park in the parking lot that is used by the wedding guests at the Venue located on the property.  There is just enough parking for the staff to park at Zoology, but not enough to include volunteers.  We will show you where to park on your first day.

What happens during bad weather?

If you have a shift and we are expecting severe weather, we ask you to decide if you are comfortable with the drive in or not.  If not, please call in and speak to someone to let us know you are not coming, as the animal care still must go on. The earlier we get the information the better so we can properly plan our day.

How does Zoology decide what animals get to live at the sanctuary?

Zoology Foundation is regulated by USDA as well as laws in Douglas County governing the type of animals Zoology Foundation can take in.  We follow an intake process that dictates if we can take in a particular animal.  In general, Zoology can help domestic “farm” animals as well as unregulated wildlife as decided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  Zoology Foundation does not take in dangerous animals like lions, bears, poisonous snakes, etc.  We also do not take in wildlife such as elk, deer, turkeys, etc.  Local wildlife is helped by those specifically trained, and we do not do this at Zoology Foundation.

What do I do if there is a fire in the area?

Zoology Foundation has a specific, fire department approved evacuation process.  The staff is trained on this process and if you choose to help, you will be directed in how you can help with the evacuation process.

Can I take a break from volunteering then return?

Yes, we know life happens and breaks are sometimes necessary.

What do I do if the main gate is closed when I arrive for my shift?

Call one of the staff at Zoology and they will get you in.

If I miss my shift, do I need to make up the hours?

No you do not.  We simply ask that you give us as much notice as possible so we can call in another volunteer.

How do I make suggestions?

Talk directly to the manager or send her an e-mail if more convenient.  She will follow up.