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Adult Volunteers

Volunteers play an essential role in fulfilling Alexandria Zoo's mission!

Volunteers donate hundreds of hours of their time, talents and energy in support of the Zoo. We're looking for adults with great people skills and a love for animals and conservation.

Docents and kids with bio facts


Docent volunteers are our frontline educators and assist zoo staff with education programs such as on-site animal encounters, field trip and outreach programs, tours, birthday parties, classes, and events. Their main responsibility is to connect zoo guests with the natural world and support the zoo's conservation education mission.

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Green Team

Green Team volunteers are vital to keeping the zoo grounds looking colorful all year long! Duties include planting, pruning, weeding, watering, and all forms of plant maintenance. These volunteers may assist the maintenance team with repairs and construction as needed.

Zoo boo set up

Interested in becoming a Zoo volunteer? Great!

Here are a few requirements for applicants:

  • Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Like people, especially children, as much as animals
  • Be a member of FOTAZ (Friends of the Alexandria Zoo)
  • Be willing to donate at least 60 hours of service throughout the year
  • Attend applicable training sessions (no make-up sessions are held)
  • Pay a $25 registration fee