Zoo Naturalists

Zoo Naturalists combine their knowledge about animals and ecology with the use of animal artifacts, exhibits and live animals to engage zoo visitors in a wildlife learning experience.


ZOO NATURALIST  - Volunteers will be working with the public in a variety of ways, and will rotate through five areas as needed.   Minimum 4 hours per week, March  – October  (With an option to run until late November).  The five areas are:

Butterfly Exhibit – Monitor entrance and exit through this walk through exhibit as well as providing light exhibit maintenance and visitor education.

Education Stations – Engage zoo visitors with the use of animal artifacts, exhibits and live animals.

Zoo FarmEducate visitors while assisting with animal feeding and general upkeep of the station.

Giraffe Feeding StationAssist keeper with daily feedings by answering visitor questions, collecting money and visitor line management.

Wallaby Walkabout Exhibit - Monitor walk through of the wallaby exhibit and teach visitors about wallabies, habitat and conservation.


  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week, March-October
  • Shift times are 9am-1:00pm  or 1:00pm – 5:00pm; Monday through Sunday
  • Participate in a 20 hour volunteer orientation
  • Successfully complete an introductory period of 24 hours
  • Pay a $35.00 training fee for manual and uniform shirt
  • Submit an application and accept offered position after an interview
  • Abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook
  • Enjoy working with people of all ages
  • Desire to further develop customer service, public speaking, and teaching skills (training provided)
  • Interested in educating public about wildlife conservation
  • Must submit a negative TB test at own expense annually
  • Submit to a Federal background check


  • Friends of Zoo Boise Annual Pass – volunteers are eligible after a 24-hour introductory period
  • Unlimited admission to Zoo Boise for extent of active volunteer service
  • Reduced rates on Family and Grandparent passes
  • Free or reduced admission to many other participating zoos
  • Subscription to Animal Tales newsletter and a subscription to our biweekly e-newsletter
  • Exclusive entrance to signature events: Easter EGGstravaganza, Zoo Daze & Boo at the Zoo
  • Discounts on education programs and gift shop or food café purchases
  • Zoo Boise day passes - Volunteers can receive one day pass for every 15 volunteer hours completed

Please click here for volunteer application

2014 training sessions TBA

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