Help educate zoo guests about conservation, animal behavior, and nature. Naturalist attend training on zoo history, interpretation skills , and receive detailed information on all animal areas of the zoo. Whether in front of an animal habitat or leading a tour, these positions are essential to connecting people to animals and nature.
Assist zookeepers in maintaining animal habitats, preparing animal diets, and providing behavioral enrichment. Be prepared to get dirty and work in all weather conditions. Since the well being of our animals is dependent on our animal care staff, volunteers in this area must be extremely dependable.
Animal Behavior Observer
An important function in maintaining good animal welfare is the observation of animals and their behavior to identify personality traits, evaluate animal health, see how enrichment encourages natural behavior, and to provide even better care for the animals.
Assist our conservation educators at zoo camps, classes, and field trips by helping to prepare activities and supervise children. Help set up and operate activity stations at education events as well as oversee guest participation.
One of the most important ways to stimulate natural behaviors in animals is by providing enrichment. Help create behavioral and environmental enrichment devices at the Niabi Enrichment Supply & Task Center, a.k.a. the NEST. Duties may include painting, drawing, cutting, pasting, braiding, and assembling items to be given to our animals.
Like gardening? Get down in the dirt to help us maintain our flower beds, pollinator gardens and planting areas. Duties include routine plant care, such as watering, pruning, weeding, planting, and transplanting. Horticulture volunteers should be prepared to work in all weather conditions.
Join us to help run activities at special events such as Pints for Preservation, Boo at the Zoo, Endangered Species Day, Earth Day, Snow Leopard Day, World Giraffe Day, Pollinator Day, and many more!