Get involved – Volunteer

The El Paso Zoo Society volunteers are truly the “backbone” in supporting our mission in reconnecting our community with nature. Volunteers are valued members of our team, who generously give their time all year round!

Make a real contribution:

  • Educate visitors of all ages
  • Give back to your community
  • Learn about wildlife conservation
  • Advocate for the Zoo in the community
  • Gain experience that you can take with you *

Come find your wild side by checking out the many volunteer opportunities we can offer you!

Volunteer Facts:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Maintain a customer friendly attitude and outgoing
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interested in wildlife conservation and nature
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Provide a negative TB test and Tetanus shot record (at your own expense)
  • Ability to volunteer at least 100 hours per year
  • We require at least one letter of recommendation
  • Embrace excellent standards of customer service

Volunteer Opportunities:

Zoo Ambassador
Zoo ambassadors are dedicated to educating guests about animals, wildlife conservation, as well as the new and exciting additions coming to the El Paso Zoo. Ambassadors are trained to implement biofacts, animal observations, and conservation messages to help interpret Zoo animal and exhibits for our guests.

Zoo Keeper Aide
Weekly commitment for at least three (3) months. Will assist Zoo Keepers on day to day operations behind the scenes. These tasks include, but are not limited to cleaning animal holding areas and enclosures, assist in animal observations, and will learn key skills from Zoo Keepers.

Special Events
Will assist in various set-ups and take-downs, act as crowd control, helping front line staff, maintain cleanliness of Zoo grounds, and encourage a positive experience for guests.

Commissary
Weekly commitment for at least three (3) months. Assist staff in preparing diets for all Zoo animals. You will also learn about the different diets our animals require. Help maintain cleanliness of commissary building.

Education/Programs
Volunteers here will learn about conservation and animals to be able to talk to the public on ways to help. They will assist with research projects, and with education animal programs (such as scheduled classroom programs). They may also become part of the animal handling team, through courses/trainings given by the Education Specialist.

Horticulture
Volunteers will assist in raking up weeds and excess debris throughout the zoo. They will assist in the maintenance of zoo grounds.

If you feel like you fit into any of these opportunities and are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out the application below. When you are ready to submit your application, either email it, fax it or drop it off at the Zoo Society Membership office.
We look forward to having you as a part of our team!

Mail:   El Paso Zoological Society
P. O. Box 10179
El Paso, Texas 79995
Fax:    (915) 212-0251

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Toni Lopez – Volunteer Coordinator
Olivia C. Siqueiros – Volunteer Coordinator
Email: zoovolunteer@elpasotexas.gov or Siqueirosoc@elpasotexas.gov
Phone: (915)212-0244

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