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Volunteer shows bird feather to young visitor

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.

Program and Wildlife Volunteers
Our volunteers help create an authentic, inquiry based, and immersive environment, while providing meaningful, robust, and personal learning experiences. We believe it’s critical to engage children at a very young age, while their brains and skills of observation and inquiry are developing. Volunteers create meaningful and memorable experiences for visitors by interpreting CuriOdyssey’s wildlife collection and engaging visitors with touchable biofacts, thus inspiring a love of animals and science and curiosity about the world to create a brighter future. 

How to volunteer
Application requirements for our positions are listed below.

Fill out the online volunteer application at website.
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For other volunteer inquiries, or if you do not hear from us within 7 days of submitting an online application, contact our Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Phil Drobnicki at volunteers(at) or 650-340-7518.

Volunteer Openings

Guest Experience Ambassador

As a Guest Experience Ambassador at CuriOdyssey Science Playground and Zoo, you will play a vital role in gathering feedback from our visitors to help us measure and improve our Net Promoter Score (NPS), a metric used by organizations to gauge the loyalty of their customers or visitors. Your primary responsibility will be to engage guests as they are exiting and request them to complete a short survey about their visit. This position requires confidence and comfort in approaching adult guests and asking them to take a moment to share their feedback.

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Safety Ambassador

As a Safety Ambassador at CuriOdyssey Science Playground and Zoo, you will play a crucial role in ensuring that our playground is a safe and enjoyable environment for all child visitors. Your primary responsibilities will include monitoring playground activities, encouraging safe play practices, promoting kindness among children, interpreting the "Physics in Action" concept to enhance learning, and applying an equity lens in all interactions. This position requires interacting directly with children to address unsafe or unkind behaviors with a focus on positive reinforcement and constructive guidance.

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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Tax ID 94-1262434

Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The gold standard for animal care and welfare.
ASTC Member. Association of Science and Technology Centers.
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