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Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Encounters: Ideal for those who are really into education and animals these lucky volunteers get to take out small animals for informal educational interactions with guests stressing conservation messaging.  Requirements: be an animal interpreter with Naples Zoo for at least 80 hours; pass a second interview, and all stages of animal handling training.  This is a long term commitment due to the amount of training required.

Animal Interpreters: Love talking to people? Inspired by the amazing animals at Naples Zoo? Then this is perfect for you! Animal Interpreters train to share additional information with guests about our amazing animals. Interpreters attend additional training and are given a brief quiz on each animal prior to hands-on training at each station.

Animal Shows: Is behind the scenes your favorite place to be? Animal Show volunteers are responsible for cueing cameras and video during our educational shows. They also make pre-show announcements (you are hidden in a booth) and may help with pre and post show set-up/cleaning. Must be comfortable using AV equipment and making announcements.

Botanical Volunteers: Green plants your passion? Then join our crew and help keep the historic gardens looking lovely! You may help with plantings, watering, weeding, pruning, mulching and other gardening tasks.

Commissary Aide: Love to be busy? Commissary Aides assist with everything from diet preparation to helping receive shipments of food. Must be able to lift 50 lbs, pay attention to details and be willing to help with cleaning. A great way to learn about one of the critical jobs at a zoo! If interested, may also help make enrichment items.

Education Station: Love to teach? Come help to carry out the Zoo's informal education mission by providing hands-on inquiry based learning experiences for visitors. You will use discovery cart materials and animal exhibits to enhance the visitor experience by providing personalized informal interpretation and a conservation message.  Must have prior teaching experience, related volunteer work, or volunteer as an animal interpreter with us first.

Guest Services: Are you a social animal? Are you a social animal? Come greet guests, give out information, and help make sure that everyone has a great time! Ideal for someone seasonal people and those who need to be inside most of the time!

Park Attendant Aides: There are two areas you can help! 1) Want to be out in the Zoo, but not talking to guests all the time?  Then come help make sure that our paths are kept clear of litter, that our viewing windows on animal enclosures are clean, and making sure that all are safe.  You will also assist with seating guests during Safari Canyon Shows and answering general guest questions. 2) Boat Dock Aides will work assisting with crowd control at the boat dock, providing general cruise and Zoo information, and chatting with guests as they wait to board the boat.

Parking Aide: Always thought traffic cops had the best job? Well come see for yourself! Parking Aides help direct cars during our Free Saturdays (1st Saturday of each month) and at special events. Must be able to multi-task and listen to instructions to ensure both your safety and the safety of our guests.

Special Events Volunteers: Love parties? Come help ours be a success! We need everything from people to open gates for vendors to helping put on table linens and creating center pieces. Our events range from public events to weddings, birthday parties, and fundraisers.

Student Volunteers: Yes! We have opportunities if you are 16 years old or older. Positions will depend on experience, knowledge, skills and customer service abilities.

Wayfinder: Love talking to people, but can’t stay in one place?  Then this is the spot for you!  Walk the Zoo answer guest questions, providing information about upcoming keeper talks/shows, and make sure that guests are behaving properly. 

Zoo Keeper Aide:Ideal for those wanting to go into the field as a career.  Aides will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day care of our animal collection. Candidates in this program will clean animal habitats, assist in the formulating and distribution of animal diets, support the keeper to whom you are assigned with creating and distributing animal enrichment, and performing other tasks in the area as needed.  Prior volunteer service with Naples Zoo is required as well as passing a second interview.

Become a Naples Zoo Volunteer

FILL OUT a Volunteer Application (PDF)
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Submit your Volunteer Application

the info to (239) 262-6866.
MAIL it to the zoo: Naples Zoo, Volunteer Application, 1590 Goodlette Road, Naples FL 34102
DROP IT OFF at the zoo. (Location)

When your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to schedule an interview. If accepted as a Zoo Volunteer, we will then have you attend a half day orientation and possible training sessions.

When your application has been reviewed, we will contact you to schedule an interview. If accepted as a Zoo Volunteer, we will then have you attend a half day orientation and possible training sessions.

Thanks for helping Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens fulfill its mission!

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