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Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering at the Honolulu Zoo is a great way to learn about animals, gain valuable experience, support a beloved community institution, support conservation initiatives, meet new people and work outdoors in a lush tropical environment! Join the Honolulu Zoo’s volunteer program and contribute to the Zoo’s mission of inspiring the stewardship of our living world.

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Volunteer Testimonials

I love interacting with our keiki and sharing my passion for/knowledge of our beautiful animals—my hope always is to instill an appreciation for wildlife and an understanding of the vital need for their conservation.


Animals bring out the best in people. Louise, Squirt, Rusti, Mari and Vaigai – I always feel like my best self when I’m sharing their stories with our guests!


The best part of volunteering at the zoo is being able to pass on some knowledge to people, especially young people, about wild animals so they will appreciate how wonderful nature is and do their part to protect and preserve it for future generations.


Basic Requirements

Those applying to volunteer should meet these requirements.

  • Be 18 years of age or older (Exceptions: Jr. Leader Program, Event Volunteers and Community Groups) (Please see program descriptions for updates due to COVID)
  • Complete the required online Volunteer Application
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete and sign the Waiver of Liability
  • Successfully complete general orientation and volunteer training specific to the program placed
  • Meet for an in-person interview with Volunteer Program staff and or other Zoo staff
  • Meet the minimum time commitment of 3-6 months, depending on the program, minimum 1 shift per week

Volunteer Benefits

  • Professional training for each program
  • Gift shop and snack bar discounts
  • Volunteer appreciation event(s)
  • Furthering educational opportunities
  • Discounts on Honolulu Zoo Society memberships
  • Helping the Honolulu Zoo fulfil their mission, making a difference in the lives of staff, visitors and animals at the zoo and abroad.

Volunteer Opportunities

For those under 18 please note our Jr. Leader program on the Volunteer Programs page