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Become a Volunteer and Make a Difference

Whether you’re a young enthusiast or an adult with a passion for wildlife and conservation, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

Adult Volunteer Program

Each day, our volunteers connect with guests from around the world to create unforgettable experiences.

These passionate ambassadors are essential in helping guests plan their visit, learn more about the plants and animals throughout the zoo, inspire conservation action, and so much more!

For example, our volunteers are key players in facilitating hands-on adventure at the Petting Kraal, guiding guests through the interactive learning opportunities at the Discovery Center, and interpreting the important medical care and veterinary procedures that take place in the Tennity Wildlife Hospital.


Choo-choo-choose to Volunteer with Trains!

Do you have a passion for DIY projects and fixing things? What about a love of railroads? If so, becoming a trains volunteer might be for you!

Bighorn Railroad volunteers support with the daily operations of the Zoo's G-scale model railroad systems and locomotives and participate in the maintenance of tracks, trains, electrical and lighting systems, displays, buildings, landscape, and much more!

To become a volunteer, mark “Trains” as an area of interest on the volunteer application.

Interested in becoming a Teen Volunteer?

Discover the Joy of Volunteering

We couldn’t do what we do without our valued volunteers. Volunteers are valued members of the Zoo team, generously contributing over 48,000 service hours each year!

Active volunteers receive several benefits, including exclusive educational opportunities, discounts, and social activities.

Support Desert Conservation
Make New Friends
Develop New Skills
Share Your Passion With Guests
Give Back To Your Community
Have Fun

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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Requirements


  • Enjoy people and interacting with others
  • Have an established interest in nature or the willingness to learn
  • Have an open mind that is ready to learn and experience new things
  • Be able to communicate clearly and calmly
  • Ability to model respect for the animals and the desert ecosystem and willingness to represent The Living Desert in a friendly and professional manner
  • Be responsible, committed, and enthusiastic
  • Have availability – flexible scheduling is available!


  • Complete and submit the Volunteer Application
  • Attend an information session
  • Attend an interview with the Volunteer Programs Team
  • Pass a standard background check (fee applies)
  • Complete all required training for assigned duties
  • Use our volunteer management system, My Impact, for all scheduling and timeclock needs (training provided)

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a time commitment? Do I have to commit to the same shift every week?

While you don’t have to volunteer every week or for the same shift, we ask all volunteers to commit to one year of service and complete 50 hours during that year.

All volunteers must wear the official TLD purple shirt while working. Pants or shorts should be neutral, such as khaki, black, white, or beige. No blue jeans, sweatpants, or exercise clothing allowed. Sandals or open-toed shoes are not acceptable.

  • Free entry to TLD on days you volunteer.
  • Invitations to volunteer events and activities.
  • Service hours can earn you a free membership.
  • Make new friends and build relationships.
  • Discounts in our Gift Shop and restaurants.

All volunteers must undergo a background check, which there is a small charge for. We will provide one t-shirt to you, but additional shirts or different styles (such as polo shirts or long-sleeve shirts) may be purchased.

Yes, but schedules are first come, first serve. We can’t guarantee you will both work the same duty station at the same time each day.

If you are visiting on a day you are not volunteering, you and your guests must purchase admission. Guest passes may be purchased at a discount if you have a membership. During times you are volunteering, guests will still have to pay the admission fee. You are welcome to join them after your shift to enjoy the remainder of the day.