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Volunteers are critical to our success.
Volunteers work with every department at CuriOdyssey from speaking to visitors about animals to leading activities to helping behind the scenes.

Volunteer safety is a priority
We are ensuring that full health and safety measures are in place to create a safe experience for volunteers as well as our guests, staff and animals.

How to volunteer
Application requirements for our Mentor and Community Science positions are listed below. Otherwise, the first step is to complete our standard online volunteer application. We will review your application and save for future opportunities.

For other volunteer inquiries, or if you do not hear from us within 7 days of submitting an online application, contact our Director of Volunteer Engagement Tonaka Kendrick at volunteer(at) or 650-340-7580.

Future Volunteer Openings

Leader In Training (LIT)

The Leader in Training (LIT) volunteer program, designed for teens entering 9th-12th grade in fall 2022, combines leadership development, science education, and environmental stewardship into one exceptional experience! Selected participants will develop their leadership abilities, responsibility, and independent decision-making while demonstrating their public speaking skills and scientific knowledge. Partnering with CuriOdyssey Educators, LITs help facilitate camp activities, prepare camp materials, and supervise campers for Camp CuriOdyssey 2022.


Time Commitment: Required training the week of June 20-24. A minimum of two weeks (80 hours) of Camp CuriOdyssey support between June 27 and August 19, plus ten hours of volunteer service during the academic year. The LIT application will be posted on February 1, 2022 and will be due on March 13 at 5pm. 


STEM Mentor

The STEM Mentor program seeks to enhance the resources available for BIPOC youth to pursue STEM learning in a safe space where they can connect with and be encouraged by supportive role models. Mentors are working STEM professionals who meet virtually with a 5th – 8th grade student twice each month during the academic year to explore STEM activities, provide academic support for STEM subjects and offer guidance to students looking ahead to a STEM career. Mentor application will be posted here on April 1 and will be due June 1.

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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

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