At the Zoo, our dedicated volunteers donate 14,000 hours of their time and talents annually. You too, can make a difference for the animals you love!

Want to learn more about volunteering with us?

Here are some frequently asked questions!

Do I get to interact with the animals?

Currently, the only volunteer positions that interacts with animals are Habitat volunteers stationed in our contact yard. None of our volunteers have contact with any other animals in the Zoo.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Special Event volunteers can be 16-18 if volunteering with an adult. All other volunteers must be 18 or older.

How do I sign up to be a volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming an Adult Volunteer, you can sign up here! Adult Volunteers include Garden, Conservation and Special Event Volunteers.

When should I apply to volunteer?

You can apply year-round! Current opportunities are available for our warmer months, but we are always taking applications. Thank you for considering us!

Are there volunteer opportunities in the Fall and Winter?

While we do have group or garden volunteer come out after we close for the season to help clean up before winter, there are currently no volunteer opportunities available while we are closed from November-Mid April.

How often do Conservation Volunteers go out?

From Frog and Toad Surveys to our Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up, it seems like there is always something going on! As most of our conservation work is in partnership with other organizations, the dates and frequency often change from year to year. From the time we open for the season to the time we close, there is usually at least one conservation project a month. Keep in mind, some projects, such as the Frog and Toad Survey require an hour-long training before you can go out with the group. Trainings are typically offered once a month.

What is the application process like?

For Adult Volunteers, just fill out an online application here! You will need to pass a background check, and, depending on your role, submit proof of a TB test in the past six months.

Zoo Crew Volunteers will need to fill out an online application, have two, non-related adults complete the Zoo Crew Recommendation Form, and have proof of current tetanus vaccine and negative TB test in the past six months.

Garden Volunteers can request to be placed on the garden waitlist by emailing volunteers@saginawzoo.com or info@saginawzoo.com. Once prospective gardeners receive a notification that a garden has become available, they can complete the Adult Volunteer Application.

All volunteers must also attend a volunteer orientation before starting. Orientation varies depending on volunteer position.

Do I still attend my shift in inclement weather?

As the Zoo is almost entirely outdoors, we typically do not have our volunteers come in during inclement weather. Zoo Crew Volunteers may still come in as there are indoor projects available for them. Volunteers will be notified the night before or the morning of their shift if shifts are canceled due to inclement weather.

Once I am on the waitlist, how long will it be before I can adopt a garden?

While we have over 125 gardens, we also have over 50 people on our waitlist! Current gardeners do leave, and new gardens are created, but it is typically 1-2 years before new gardeners are able to join our family.

For more information email volunteers@saginawzoo.com. Don’t like computers? That’s okay! Just call (989) 759-1408 and we’ll make it easy!

Already a volunteer? Click below to log your hours and sign up for shifts!