Volunteering

Whether you want to help out because you love our animals or want a way to help your community, the Utica Zoo has volunteer opportunities for everyone! The zoo loves our volunteers and it is only with them that we can continue to grow and succeed in our mission of education, conservation and recreation. From special events to spring clean up, the support we receive is incredibly valuable to us.

To begin the volunteer process, please fill out and return;

Authorization for Release of Personal Information (Age 18+ for background screening)

Background Screening Request Form (Age 18+)

Volunteer Application.

Please be able to show proof of a negative Tuberculosis (Mantou) test as well.

Grounds Volunteer

With more than 30 acres of lawns, gardens, and buildings to maintain, help is always appreciated.  Carpenters, painters, gardeners and laborers of all kinds are needed. Grounds & maintenance volunteers assist the Grounds Superintendent in keeping the Utica Zoo a beautiful and clean place to visit. Duties include but are not limited to lite landscaping, gardening, weeding, trash pick up, painting, etc.

Administrative Volunteer

Administrative volunteers are utilized during business hours to help with day to day office related duties such as rolling coins, bulk mailings, entering data, light cleaning, etc.

Event Volunteer

Daily Events Volunteer

Zoo Ambassadors provide  costumer service to our visitors. They are hosts at the gate; greeting visitors, answering questions and providing directions. They may also facilitate visitor surveys and polls.They may also help out at Utica Zoo PR booths  for community events.

 Special Events Volunteer

Volunteers are welcomed to sign up for volunteering at the following events: Sign up does not guarantee you will be needed for the event. Please may attention to age restrictions.

Eggstravaganza: 14 +

Earth Day: 14 +

Wine in the Wilderness: 21 +

Brewfest: 21 +

Wildlife Festival: 14 +

Spooktacular: 18 +

Docent Program

Docents are volunteers 14+ who love working with animals and people! As a Docent you would be helping the Zoo in its greatest mission … teaching the public about the importance of animals and where they live! Contact Mary Hall: mary.hall@uticazoo.org

Please note:

  • Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and submit a Volunteer Application. Ages 14-15 MUST bring an adult for supervision at all times.
  • All volunteers 18 years old and up must submit a Volunteer Application and Background Check Waiver.
  • Many of our volunteer opportunities are seasonal, with most beginning April 1 through fall.
  • Submission of application and waiver does not guarantee you will be provided with a duty right away or at all.

Questions? Please contact us at events@uticazoo.org

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Hours and Admisson

April 1 to October 31: Open 10AM until 4:45 PM
November 1 to March 31: Open 10AM, admission/gift shop closes at 3PM & Zoo gates close at 4PM

Admission 4/1- 10/31 11/1- 3/31 & Group
Child 3-12 $4.75 $2.50
Adult 13-61 $7.75 $4.25
Senior 62+, Military, College w/ ID $6.75 $3.50

Zoo Blog

  • DHMexicanWolf16x20
    Wolf Awareness Week 10/12 to 10/18
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo. Although they are essential to the health of the ecosystem and keeping herbivore populations in check, wolves have been the subject of intense persecution throughout the centuries, and most species are either threatened or endangered due to myths and misunderstandings. Less than 100 individuals currently live in the wild. Mexican wolves are the most endangered gray wolf subspecies in North America, and our three females; Bella, Sierra and Aztec, are among the last of their kind. After becoming extinct in the wild during the mid-1900s, Mexican wolves are finally making a small comeback in Arizona and New Mexico, but there is still a long way to go. The Utica Zoo has been Read More

  • ming yue
    New Female Red Panda – Ming Yue
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today. Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit.

Upcoming Events

Nov
7
Fri
10:30 AM Stroller Safari – North American...
Stroller Safari – North American...
Nov 7 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Stroller Safari - North American Trek
Load up your stroller and join the newest zoo adventure for your toddler or infant! Each safari includes an interactive stroller tour and an up close animal encounter. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for nonmembers. The class meets outside the auditorium at 10:30am.  
Nov
13
Thu
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Homeschool Program – Digging for...
Nov 13 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - Digging for Dinosaurs
Is your child a budding zoologist? Our interactive classes help to further homeschool studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
Nov
19
Wed
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Nov 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Happy Hibernators
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.
Nov
20
Thu
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Zoo Adventures – Happy Hibernators
Nov 20 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Happy Hibernators
Join our monthly preschool program as we explore the world of animals through storybooks! Each session includes a story, animal meet and greet, snack, and activity. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am and lasts approximately an hour.

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