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 volunteer@uticazoo.org