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Volunteer Programs

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Volunteer Programs

Docent Zoo Talker

Docent Zoo Talkers are energetic, friendly, and well-spoken volunteers who enjoy “talking story” about the animals who call our zoo home and inspiring others through conservation messaging to appreciate our living world. They share their knowledge and passion for animals with visitors by staffing one of a network of mobile stations featuring hands-on animal and cultural bio-artifacts.

Monday through Sunday:
– 9:30AM – 12noon
– 12noon – 2:30PM

Docent Zoo Talker Training:
Docent Zoo Talker training consists of a three part, hands on, training session. The sessions cover general information on the different docent stations, into to bio-artifacts and artifact handling, zoo vocabulary, how to be a presenter, zoo safety and zoo touring. After completion of the training volunteers may choose to shadow with current volunteers for more one on one time. When the trainee is comfortable, they choose a once a week, 2.5 hour shift and become a Docent Zoo Talker Volunteer.

To Apply:
-Complete the Volunteer Application
-Upload a background check to your Application Profile
-Upload a signed Waiver of Liability
-Upload a current TB negative test result (Test results accepted within 2 years)
-Upload a current photo to your Application Profile
-Schedule an in-person interview at the Honolulu Zoo

Front Entrance Greeter

Front Entrance Greeters are outgoing, energetic, friendly, well-spoken volunteers who enjoy greeting and sharing interesting facts about the zoo and how guests can best enjoy their time during their visit. They share their passion for the zoo by welcoming visitors, answering and anticipating questions. They are the first line of interaction zoo guests receive upon entering the zoo.

Monday through Sunday:
– 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Front Entrance Greeter Training:
Front Entrance Greeter training consists of a general volunteer orientation and a one part comprehensive session that goes over how to be an interpretive guide, general zoo history, zoo layout learning through mapping and touring, frequently asked questions, programs overview, general pricing and visiting school group check in process.

To Apply:
-Complete the Volunteer Application
-Upload a background check to your Application Profile
-Upload a signed Waiver of Liability
-Upload a current TB negative test result (Test results accepted within 2 years)
-Upload a current photo to your Application Profile
-Schedule an in-person interview at the Honolulu Zoo

Junior Leader

Junior Leader training consists of a general volunteer orientation and a one-part session where volunteer trainees are introduced to educational staff, camp schedule, guidelines on how to best be a mentor, introduction to animal bio-artifacts and zoo safety. It is preferred that first-time volunteers in the Jr. Leader program start during spring, fall or winter camp.

Monday through Friday during Zoo Camp Sessions:
-8:00AM – 2:30PM, with extended camphours from 2:30PM – 5:30PM

To Apply:
-Complete the Volunteer Application
-Upload a signed Waiver of Liability
-Upload a current TB negative test result (Test results accepted within 2 years)
-Upload a current photo to your Application Profile
-Schedule an in-person interview at the Honolulu Zoo

Keiki Zoo Greeter

Keiki Zoo Greeters are outgoing, energetic, friendly, well-spoken and organized volunteers who enjoy greeting and checking in school groups to enter the Keiki Zoo during their fieldtrips to the zoo. They share a passion for the zoo and help prepare those entering this area by sharing the “Keiki Zoo Rules of Conduct”, information about the animals, and how they can safely interact with them.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
9:00AM – 12:00noon

Keiki Zoo Greeter Training:
Keiki Zoo Greeter training consists of a general volunteer orientation and a one-part comprehensive session that goes over how to be an interpretive guide, Keiki Zoo guidelines and rules, the animals in the Keiki Zoo and the visiting school group check in process.

To Apply:
-Complete the Volunteer Application
-Upload a background check to your Application Profile
-Upload a signed Waiver of Liability
-Upload a current TB negative test result (Test results accepted within 2 years)
-Upload a current photo to your Application Profile
-Schedule an in-person interview at the Honolulu Zoo

Zoo Assistant Volunteer Programs

All zoo assistant programs are currently not available. Please check out the other available volunteer programs and check back for changes in the programs available. Mahalo.

  • Commissary Assistant:
  • Horticulture Assistant:
  • Veterinary Assistant:
  • Zookeeper Assistant:

Special Volunteer Programs

Event Volunteers:
Event volunteering is a great way for clubs, businesses, military groups and churches to help support the zoo in providing great experiences to the community through the many events that are hosted throughout the year. If your group is interested in taking part in volunteering for zoo events please contact the Honolulu Zoo Society’s Volunteer Coordinator at scarlos@honzoosoc.org.

Community Group One Day Volunteering:
Community group volunteering is a great way for clubs, businesses, churches, military groups and schools to take part in one day volunteer activities at the Honolulu Zoo. Groups may help with special projects such as zoo beautifying, enrichment building, painting, equipment cleaning, and litter patrol. If your group is interested in setting up a community volunteer day please contact the Honolulu Zoo Society’s Volunteer Coordinator at scarlos@honzoosoc.org.

Let us know if your group has any specialized set of skills and whether financial support is available for project supplies. On applying for a community volunteer day please review and have all members volunteering complete a Community Group Waiver of Liability.

Internships:
Currently the Honolulu Zoo does not offer a structured internship program. If you are interested in volunteering in keeper or veterinary support, there is a minimum 6 month commitment and it is preferable that you  have background or previous experience in that particular field. If you are interested in the conservation education program there is a minimum 3 month commitment. Please refer to the different volunteer programs for more detailed info.

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