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.
Leader In Training
These teen volunteers provide major assistance during our summer science day camp by facilitating activities, supervising campers, and helping prepare camp materials.
LITs are required to commit to a minimum of 80 hours of practical volunteer experience in the summer, plus an additional 8 hours during the school year at special events. LITs typically volunteer for future summers as well.
The majority of first year LITs will likely be entering 8th-9th grade. Students entering 10th-12th grade are also welcome to apply. Those accepted MUST enroll in a week-long leadership camp June 19-23 (Leadership Development Program camp fee of $325 applies).
Application packets are available here
Deadline to Apply: March 22, at 5:00pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
Saturday Aviary Aide
This volunteer will come in once each week for 4 hours in our beautiful walk-through Aviary, assisting the Wildlife Staff with cleaning, conducting bird observations, greeting visitors, and providing wildlife interpretation. Great opportunity to learn about local wildlife, enjoy educating young visitors, and gain experience in a science education/zoo environment.
Volunteers must be 18 or older, have good communication skills, and be able to commit to at least 3 months of service on Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm each week. A particular interest in wild birds is also helpful.
To apply, submit a standard CuriOdyssey volunteer application and note your interest in this position. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the position will remain open until filled.
These volunteers are trained to observe our mammals from outside their exhibits and chart their behavior. Because volunteers observe the animals while in the public areas, they sometimes receive questions from visitors of all ages. This position provides valuable experience monitoring wildlife and exposure to animal welfare, conservation, and zoo careers. The data these volunteers gather enables the keepers to identify behaviors, whether they be normal, seasonal, or unusual, to see if any changes should be made in their care.
Volunteers must be able to commit to one 1-hour shift per week for at least six months, and be at least 16 years old. (18 years or older preferred)
To apply, please complete the standard CuriOdyssey volunteer application by March 10 and note your interest in the Wildlife Watcher position.
These volunteers work very hard, primarily assisting our professional animal keepers with cleaning and animal diet preparation. Wildlife Aides may also become involved with animal enrichment and animal handling. See full position description here.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and able to do light to heavy cleaning, including frequent bending and lifting. Previous experience with wildlife helpful, but not required.
Strict schedule requirement: 9am-1pm (or later) on Tuesday or Friday for at least 6 months (12 months or longer greatly preferred).
To apply, please complete the standard CuriOdyssey volunteer application by March 10 and note your interest in the Wildlife Aide position.