Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has a variety of opportunities for individuals who are able to dedicate at least 8 hours per month for a minimum of 6 months.

We welcome anyone over the age of 18 to apply to our Adult Volunteer Program. However, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens does not provide community service in relation to legal and probationary requirements. All adult volunteers will be subject to a background check. Individuals who do not have a clear background check will be ineligible for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Adult Volunteer Program. 

Types of Volunteer Opportunities:
(Click on an opportunity for a full description and requirements)


Animal Hospital (ON HOLD)

Animal Nutrition Center

Animal Wellness Support

Bird Keeper  

Citizen Science (ON HOLD) 

FrogWatch USA volunteer

Education Animal Keeper

Education Classroom

Exhibit Host (NEW)


Gift Shop  

Herpetology (FULL)


Mammal Keeper

Safety & Security

Train Dock 

At Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens our goal is to create the most natural environment possible for our diverse collection of animals. For this reason, all volunteer positions are considered “hands-off” and do not involve direct handling of our animals. We encourage you to volunteer with us only if you are comfortable with this policy. We appreciate your understanding.

All positions are subject to availability; the Volunteer Engagement Department must select the position that fits both the volunteer’s interests and the needs of the Zoo. The Volunteer Engagement Department reserves the right to reject a prospective volunteer for any reason.

How to Become an Adult Volunteer

Volunteer department staff will be in touch with applicants about any next steps. Volunteers are on-boarded four times a year.


Volunteer Engagement Department