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

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

Upcoming Events

10:00 AM $5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
$5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
Nov 28 @ 10:00 AM – Dec 2 @ 3:00 PM
$5 OFF Memberships and Renewals
The Utica Zoo will be discounting Memberships and Renewals $5 off from Black Friday to Giving Tuesday (11/28 to 12/2). $5 discount only available at the Utica Zoo Gift Shop which is open from 10am to 3pm. View all Utica Zoo Membership options at http://uticazoo.org/membership/
10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Zoo Adventures – Bundle Up!
Dec 4 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Bundle Up!
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. Child admission included and Adults are free. The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dangerous Defenses – Antler Anti...
Dec 6 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Antler Antics Story Time
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Tarkington Moose is losing his antlers! What can he do? Find out as zoo educators read a fun story and introduce you to a couple of education animals. Free with admission. 10:30am in the Auditorium.  
10:30 AM Homeschool Program – All About B...
Homeschool Program – All About B...
Dec 11 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Homeschool Program - All About Birds
Our interactive classes help to further home school studies through group activities and animal interactions. The cost is $5.00 per child for members and $10.00 per child for non-members. Child admission included and Adults are free . The class meets in the auditorium at 10:30am.

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Zoo Blog

  • Zoo Keepers from the Utica Zoo feeding Camels.
    Utica Zoo adds new Camel Window
    November 15, 2014

    The Utica Zoo has a brand new window for the Bactrian Camels. Every day at 11:30am we open up the doors for a keeper talk and feeding. The window is at the bottom of the ramp going up to our overlook, so you are actually at face level with the camels. Visitors that come to this feeding get to see the camels eat their daily produce diet. Their snacks consist of bananas, carrots, lettuce, yams, and apples. You will be just a few feet away from them and be able to learn more about the Bactrian Camel species, and specifically about Nigel and Najla. We have gotten a wonderful response from everyone with this new window. Most people are shocked Read More

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    Utica Zoo celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
    October 14, 2014

    It’s Wolf Awareness Week at the Utica Zoo from 10/12 to 10/18. 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 Read More

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    Utica Zoo welcomes new female Red Panda
    October 10, 2014

    The Utica Zoo introduced a new female Red Panda today (October 8th, 2014). Her name is Ming Yue. She will join the male Red Panda Muse in the same exhibit. Q&A with Zoo Keeper Beth Ricci Why did we get a new Red Panda? We were recommended to bring Ming Yue to Utica as part of the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, which is a breeding and transfer plan. She was recommended to breed with our resident male, Muse. Where is Ming Yue from?  She came to us from the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY What is the breeding season?  Breeding occurs in winter, generally January-February. Breeding season is affected by photoperiod. Photoperiodism is the physiological reaction of organisms to the Read More