At CuriOdyssey, we recognize that volunteers are critical to our success. Each year, more than 150 individuals ages 13 to 90 support CuriOdyssey by volunteering. There are volunteer opportunities in many areas, including: roving wildlife interpretative guides, exhibit facilitators, summer camp volunteers, and Wildlife Department assistants.
Volunteers receive many special privileges including educational opportunities, social events with other volunteers, a newsletter specifically written for volunteers, discounted family membership rate, and the knowledge that the community benefits from each volunteer’s time.
Our goal is to provide enjoyable and rewarding experiences for all our dedicated volunteers. Every volunteer receives position-appropriate training and in most cases, is asked to make a significant commitment of time. Please see descriptions below for specific responsibilities, application periods and age requirements. If you complete our online application, you will be contacted with more information on positions which fit your stated interests, age range, and availability.
Please complete a Volunteer Application
For other volunteer inquiries, contact our Volunteer Manager Lee Cauble at lcauble@CuriOdyssey.org or (650) 340-7580.
Description: These Wildlife Department volunteers clean the Aviary walkways before we open, and then greet and engage visitors to help them learn more about the birds and turtles who make this beautiful Aviary their home.
Commitment: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays for at least three months.
To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application if interested in future openings.
Description: This program provides experience monitoring wildlife and provides exposure to animal welfare, conservation and zoo careers. Specifically, Wildlife Watchers will each observe and chart animal behavior on a weekly basis.
Age: 18+ preferred. Highly dependable 16-17 year olds may also apply.
Commitment: One 1-hour shift per week for at least three months. (longer preferred) Training is typically offered two times per year.
To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application.
Animal Welfare Intern
Description: This program provides experience monitoring wildlife and exposure to animal welfare, conservation and zoo careers. Specifically, the Animal Welfare Intern will observe and chart animal behavior, using a handheld Apple device. The Intern will also enter data collected by weekly volunteers and have opportunity to give animal presentations.
To Apply: Next internship period will likely begin in summer 2016. Position description and application procedure/dates will be posted once determined.
Animal Care Interns
Description: CuriOdyssey offers two 26 week (6-month) part time volunteer internships. CuriOdyssey is looking for interns who can maintain a high level of personal motivation and a positive attitude by demonstrating their enthusiasm and high energy for each project they take on. This program offers practical, on-the-job experience working with invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and provides exposure to zoo careers. Read full description.
Commitment: Three 8-hour days per week for six months.
To Apply: Next deadline will be posted once determined.
Leaders in Training
Description: Leaders In Training (LITs) provide major assistance during our summer science day camp by facilitating activities, supervising campers, and helping prepare camp materials. This volunteer experience gives LITs the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities, responsibility, independent decision-making, public speaking skills, and scientific knowledge.
Age: The majority of first year LITs are typically entering 8th-9th grade. Students entering 10th-12th grade are welcome to apply.
Commitment: Enrollment in a 5-day leadership development camp (camp fee applies), plus 80 hours of volunteer service during summer camp, plus 8 hours of volunteer service at special events during the school year.
To Apply: See complete application packet here. Due by 5 p.m. on March 22, 2016.
Keepers in Training
Description: The Keeper In Training (KIT) program is designed to expose youth to animals and a possible career working with animals. KITs assist the professional keepers with cleaning and diet preparation, as well as the interpretation of animals and biofact display tables with the public. See the Keeper In Training job description.
Age: 13-17 years old
To Apply: No current openings.
Description: Weekend Interpretive Guides (TWIGs) and weekday Docents use conversation and biofacts to engage visitors to the Wildlife Habitats and help them observe and learn more about animals and the natural world. These volunteers can also be trained to handle and show some of our education animals.
Age: 18+ (or 13-17 if partnered with parent)
Commitment: Two 2-hour shifts per month for at least one year (10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays, or between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekend days). The annual training series is typically held in the fall.
To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application by July 15, 2016.