Get Involved


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 or (650) 340-7580.


Volunteer Positions

Interpretive Guides

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 (10am-12pm on Tuesdays-Fridays, or between 10am and 5pm on weekend days). The annual training series is typically held in the fall.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application by July 15, 2016.

Wildlife Watchers

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.

Age: 18+

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 is offering a full-time volunteer internship with our Wildlife Department. We are looking for an intern 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.

Age: 18+

Commitment: Five 8-hour days per week for 12 weeks.

To Apply: No current openings.

Aviary Aides

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.

Age: 18+

Commitment: 9am-1pm on same day of the week every week for at least three months.

To Apply: No current openings.