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.


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 experience is not necessary --- we accept everyone!


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. 


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.


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!


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!

Job Opportunities


Admissions staff is responsible for selling admission tickets and ride tickets, maintaining a balanced cash drawer, checking in incoming groups, managing rentals of accessibility equipment. Requires proficiency with computers.


Concessions staff prepare and sell the concession food and drinks, maintain a balanced cash drawer, and clean and sanitize the kitchen equipment.

Exhibit Educators

Exhibit educators greet visitors with a smiling face and facilitate safe interactions within our animal contact areas; the goat yard, the kangaroo walkabout, and the aviary.


Grounds staff are responsible for cleaning, maintaining, and closing the facilities. Including cleaning bathrooms, walkways, emptying trash/recycling bins, mowing lawns, etc. Requires proficiency with small engine equipment such as lawn mowers.


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. Must be at least 18 years old to operate rides.

Zoo Store

Zoo store employees are responsible for handling the sales of zoo merchandise from our gift shop, maintaining a balanced cash drawer, and restocking merchandise. Requires proficiency with computers.


Download Job Application (PDF)


Interested applicants should fill out the application below and mail to or drop off in person at:

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
1730 S. Washington Ave
Saginaw, MI 48601 



The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square would like to announce our newest animal residents leaping in to Saginaw!


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          Harley and Nigel, two eastern grey kangaroos, have joined Andre and Nikki “down under” in our Kangaroo Walkabout. This is not the first time Harley and Andre have met, as the two of them are brothers who lived together before Andre moved here last year. Each member of the little group of kangaroos, called a “mob,” have come from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana. Zoo staff are happy the two have been reunited!

          At only one year of age, Nigel is still a baby! Compared to Harley and Andre, two adult males, Nigel is rather pint sized. However, he still has a lot of growing up to do, and we are excited for our community to be a part of it!

          While Nikki may be the only girl in the group, as well as the oldest, that doesn’t stop her from keeping the young boys in line! At 18 years of age, Nikki is considered an elderly kangaroo, and has taken on a motherly role for the boys.   

While the kangaroos work on developing their new friendships, the Kangaroo Walkabout and the Aviary will be temporarily closed. This is to ensure the safety of not only the kangaroos, but for visitors as well. However, you can still meet the newest arrivals from the observation deck in the kangaroo exhibit. The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is open DAILY from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Stay up-to-date on everything zoo at our Facebook page!

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Animal Collections Internship

Animal Collection Internships offer the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it takes to maintain a vibrant animal collection in a zoological park setting. Internship positions are considered volunteers.


Animal Collections Internship Posting



If you are seeking an internship for a different department, please send a letter briefly describing the type and requirements of the internship to:

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square
Attn: Zoo Internships
1730 S. Washington Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48601

Felis nigripes Tut website


  • Felidae

Common Names

  • Black Footed Cats, Ant Hill Tiger


  • Smaller than a domestic cat. One of the world's smallest cats.
  • Weight: Males- 4.2lbs Females- 2.8lbs


  • Black-footed cats are found in the savannas and grasslands of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, as well as small parts of Angola, Zimbabwe, and possibly Lesotho.


  • In the wild: These tiny predators feed on rodents, birds, insects, and reptiles
  • At the zoo: Cat food, mice, with plenty of treats.

Special adaptations

  • Amazing camouflage and ambush predator skills.

Interesting facts

  • Able to take down prey up to twice their tiny size during the winter when smaller rodents are unavailable.
  • Able to jump 4.5 feet into the air to catch birds in flight

Conservation status

  • CITES –Appendix I
  • IUCN –Vulnerable


  1. AnAge. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://genomics.senescence.info/species/entry.php?species=Felis_nigripes
  2. Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 31, 2016 http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Felis_nigripes/
  3. Appendices I, II, and III of CITES. (February 5, 2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.cites.org/eng/app/appendices.php
  4. Encyclopedia of Life. Black Footed Cats. Accessed May 14, 2016. http://eol.org/pages/328666/details
  5. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2015) Accessed January 2016. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search

**All animal information is meant to be an educational resource. It may not include all the latest scientific information. Though we edit our information we cannot guarantee the accuracy of all facts presented.