Volunteer

Animal Commissary

Volunteering with this program gives you opportunities to prepare extra tasty animal diets and enrichment for the animals! You will get to work alongside our very knowledgeable and friendly Animal Care Team!  Volunteers in this position will not be working individually with animals, but with increased commitment they would be able to discuss progressing towards animal care.

Conservation

Do you like hands-on, active experiences?  Don’t mind getting dirty?  Get involved in wildlife and habitat conservation!  Contribute to community, national, and global impact while helping to spread our conservation message.  Assist with habitat improvement, perform wildlife monitoring and tracking, inspire current and future natural stewards, and enjoy the natural resources all around us!  Prior experiences is not necessary --- we accept everyone!

Education

Assist with outreach programs, participate in amphitheater shows, be a counselor at a zoo camp, and more. Requires a consistent time commitment on the same days of the week for a couple hours at a time because of the nature of the programs. 

Gardens

Our beautiful gardens don't just happen, it takes a whole team of volunteers to maintain! Garden volunteers weed the gardens, trim shrubberies, and water. A gardening schedule is made in advance for the season, however, once trained, volunteer gardeners may come when they wish to work at their leisure.

Grounds

Do you enjoy working with your hands while outside on a beautiful day? Grounds maintenance is for you! Mowing lawns, weed whipping, assisting in general maintenance of the facilities. No specific time commitment required!

Rides

Conduct the famous Zoo train or operate the region’s only hand-carved carousel. Ride operators conduct the train and carousel while facilitating a safe environment for visitors on the rides, and ensuring visitors treat the equipment with respect. Requires a regular commitment of at least 4 hours at a time. To ensure a safe ride for everyone; you must be 18 years of age to operate the rides.

Special Events

Did you have an amazing time at one of our events? Events happen because of the dedication of volunteers. From working booths, to helping set up the facilities, we can always use an extra set of hands on our busiest days. Perfect for volunteers that want to volunteer only once or twice a month.

Zoo Crew

Teenagers are welcome to participate in our Zoo Crew program. More information is located HERE

Zoo Store

Kids, candy, toys and smiles are what the Zoo Store is all about! If you enjoy helping kids of all ages satisfy a sweet tooth or find just the right little plush penguin or slithery lizard toy to take home, you’ll enjoy volunteering in the Zoo Store. Whether you have lots of time or just a little bit, we’d love to have your smiling face and helping hands making our visitors happy. Zoo store volunteers are responsible for handling the sales of zoo merchandise from our gift shop, maintaining a balanced cash drawer, and restocking merchandise. Proficiency with computers is required.

 

Volunteer now!

Click the above link to register with our volunteer system online.  Don’t like computers? 

Call (989) 759-1408 or e-mail Emily@saginawzoo.com and we’ll make it easy!