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

10:30 AM Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Zoo Adventures – Forever Antlers
Dec 19 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Forever Antlers
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 Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Zoo Adventures – Holiday Special
Dec 23 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoo Adventures - Holiday Special
Join us for a special holiday Zoo Adventures. Story, craft and of course, animals! Free for Members, $5.00/ child for non-members, adults free.
10:30 AM Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses – Zoo Explorer
Dec 27 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dangerous Defenses - Zoo Explorer
Dangerous Defenses-December programs will focus on the different ways animals keep themselves safe. Antlers and Horns and Prickly Thorns! Animals protect themselves in an amazing array of ways. Join zoo educators as we learn about animal defenses. We will meet a few of our education animals and tour the zoo. This program is free with your admission and recommended for ages 5 and up.
11:00 AM Happy Zoo Year
Happy Zoo Year
Dec 31 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Happy Zoo Year
On New Years Eve (Wednesday, December 31st) the Utica Zoo will be celebrating “Happy Zoo Year” from 11 to 1 pm in the Auditorium. Madagascar the movie will be shown on a projector screen. Kids will be able to participate in arts & crafts, and animal meet & greets. There will be a Hot Chocolate toast at Noon with free cookies on the side. Regular Winter Admission. Free for Members. The Utica Zoo is open on New Years Day.

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Zoo Blog

  • Santa takes a photo with a child at the Utica Zoo Holiday Hoot.
    Holiday Hoot 2014

    December 14th, 2014 – The Utica Zoo welcomed Santa Claus and visitors to the annual Holiday Hoot today. Children were able to get their pictures taken with Santa by Whitesboro Fun Pix, and also let Santa know what they wanted for Christmas. Chuck E. Cheese stopped by to give tokens to kids, and take photos as well. Docents and educational staff brought out animals that the whole family could interact with. The mild temperatures made it a perfect day to walk around the Utica Zoo and see all the animals on exhibit. Children participated in arts and crafts in the Auditorium. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate and coffee, along with free cookies and candy. People brought gifts for our animals from Read More