Can you tell me a little about your volunteer programs?

Information about our different types of volunteers can be found in the Volunteers section of our website.

How old do you have to be to volunteer at Utah’s Hogle Zoo?

Applicants must already be at least 14. There is no upper age limit, but all volunteers need to be able to bend, stand, and lift up to 30 pounds.

  • Zoo Aides must be 18 years or older (animal care, morning shifts)
  • Zoo Guides must be at least 18 (public education, variable schedule)
  • Zoo Divers must be 18 years or older (water quality, Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Is there a fee to volunteer?

If accepted, there is a training fee of $15.

When is training?

Spring training is held in May. Fall training will be in September.

When are applications due?

All applications for spring training must be received by end of business on April 1. All applicants will be contacted for an interview later that month. Fall applications are due August 1.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply using our earth friendly online application form.

Where do I turn in applications?

If you’ve used our paper-free online application form, you don’t have to print it out and turn the application in. It will automatically be forwarded to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Applications MUST be received by April 1, to be considered for the spring training classes and by August 1 to be considered for the fall training classes.

Will I have hands-on contact with animals?

First-year volunteers do not participate in animal handling, but can apply for the animal handling class their second year. For safety, we do not have any volunteers in our elephant, venomous reptile or big cat areas.

I need hours for community service.

We do not offer community service. All of our volunteer opportunities require training and a TB test. If you would like to join our volunteer program, please apply online .

I applied last year, and got an email from you about 2 weeks ago. Do I need to apply again?

No. If you got our email, you are still in our applicant pool. We keep all applications on file for 12 months.


If you have any other questions please contact our volunteer coordinator at: [email protected]