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On the mornings of Friday, April 19 and Thursday, April 25, we will have several field trips on site. Please anticipate large groups and a busier campus!

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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

Leader In Training (LIT)

The Leader in Training (LIT) volunteer program, designed for teens entering 9th – 12th grade in fall 2024, 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 2024.

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Aviary Aides

Aviary Aides enhance the visitor experience by engaging visitors in conversation to help them observe and learn more about the wildlife in the Aviary, which currently includes different species of birds and turtles. Aviary Aides also monitor and record bird behavior and help to maintain a safe environment in our beautiful walk-through Aviary.

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Join the CuriOdyssey Community


1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Ohlone Land Acknowledgement
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CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 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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