Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Animal Care Volunteers

Looking to gain experience in animal care?  Animal care assistants help keeper and education staff with the daily chores involved with our animals.  Volunteers must be able to clean, sweep, hose, cut up diets, lift heavy loads and follow specific directions. Opportunities are available in the mornings 7 days a week with the following teams: Aquatics/Amphibians, Avian/Reptiles, Education, Large Mammals, and Small Mammals.  

Please Note: Volunteers are placed on a need by need basis and do not work directly with the animals.  Interest in these opportunities does not guarantee there is spot available, area managers determine the number of volunteers allowed to work in their area.

 

Commissary

Do you enjoy helping animals, but like to be behind the scenes?  We are looking for volunteers to assist commissary staff with daily duties that included animal diet preparation, cleaning, disinfection, and stocking.

 

Aquatics

Aquatics area volunteers will assist keepers with daily duties associated with all aquatic animals. Volunteers must have interest in marine and freshwater aquarium animals. Species in the area include a variety of Indo-pacific and Atlantic tropical reef fishes and invertebrates, Amazonian fish, reptiles and amphibians, African cichlids, Pacific cold-water fish and invertebrates, and North American pond turtles. Interns will be expected to learn proper diet preparation practices, water quality standards, general maintenance of aquarium exhibits, and life support systems. Interns, who have SCUBA certification who has passed a doctor physical assessment may be asked to aide in diving to clean exhibits. Coursework in aquatic ecology, ichthyology, fish, amphibian, or aquatic reptile disease and medicine, and general animal behavior or previous experience working with the listed species is highly desirable.

 

Avian/Reptiles

We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic candidates to work around a wide variety of species and exhibits. Interns will gain experience in daily husbandry, exhibit upkeep, observations, enrichment and training for a diverse group of birds and reptiles. This includes 40+ species of birds, from Finches to Ostrich, and 6 species of reptiles.

 

Carnivore/Primate

Assist Carnivore-Primate Keeper with preparing exhibits and cleaning the Pinniped, Penguin, Gibbon, Otter, and Lemur areas- picking up waste, hosing, vigorous scrubbing and disinfecting, and helping prepare diets. Additional duties may include preparing enrichment, observing and documenting animal behavior, interacting with zoo guests, maintaining public areas by raking, shoveling, cleaning windows, sweeping, and assisting keepers with special projects. Due to security issues, volunteers are not allowed within Great Cats section, and are not allowed to have direct contact with the animals in the carnivore/primate department.

 

Education

Assist education animal care staff in the daily care of the education animals. This includes diet preparation, cleaning, disinfections, and enrichment. Dedicated volunteer that is willing to volunteer at least 3 Saturdays or Sundays out of the month

Volunteer will be responsible for:

  • Showing up on time and when scheduled
  • Learning the cleaning and diet routines of the education animals
  • Paying close attention to details
  • Making sure cages are clean, disinfected, and secured after cleaning
  • Checking to make sure there is nothing out of the ordinary with the animals
  • Reporting any problems to the Part-time education animal care staff
  • Learning diet preparation and sanitation practices

 

Large Mammals

Under direct supervision, assist giraffe/hoofstock, rhino, or camel/eland keepers with preparing exhibits and cleaning barns - picking up waste, hosing, and disinfecting. Volunteers should be prepared to assist keepers in arduous physical activity. Additional duties may include preparing enrichment, interacting with zoo guests, and assisting keepers with special projects. Opportunities exist to observe animal training sessions.

 

Small Mammals

Working interns will have responsibilities including basic husbandry, enrichment, and project planning. Interns work alongside mentor keepers to observe animal procedures, handling, and transports. Species in this section: Bennett’s Wallaby, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Llamas, Miniature Zebu, Miniature Donkey. Outstanding individuals may gain opportunity to assist with the daily care of Red Panda, Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine, and Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin as well as working Prairie Dog routine. Interns must be able to work independently, as well as a part of a team and enjoy working with a variety of animals.

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