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!

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

Animal Collections

Are you interested in working in the Zoo alongside a zookeeper? This opportunity requires a weekly time commitment basis and will aid zookeepers in their schedules. Be sure to dress appropriately, rain or shine, keepers are working hard!


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 are magical to look at, but they don’t happen by magic! On the contrary, they take a whole team of volunteers to maintain! Garden volunteers weed the gardens, trim shrubberies, and water plants and flowers. 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!


We currently offer two types of internships: Animal Collections and Education. Our internship programs provide hands-on, real world experience for individuals interested in pursuing careers in an animal care or education-related field. While our internships are unpaid, they offer long-term, intensive working experiences that relate directly with your preferred course of study.  Upon completion of internships, we are more than happy to offer appropriate recommendations and advice. Click here for more information on our internships and to apply!


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. This assignment is perfect for volunteers who want to volunteer only once or twice a month.

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.