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Due to the recent avian influenza outbreak in Northern California, our raptor and walkthrough aviaries are closed to the public until the outbreak subsides. This was done out of an abundance of caution to protect our resident birds and keep them safe. We appreciate your understanding. To read more, click here.


Volunteer Position: Wildlife Watcher

Position Overview:

This program offers volunteers experience monitoring wildlife and provides exposure to animal welfare, conservation, and zoo careers. Data collected contributes to ongoing research on captive exotic animal welfare at CuriOdyssey.


  • Utilize observational research techniques to monitor a variety of species
  • Record animal behavior data according to specific guidelines using an iPad


  • Physical condition which allows you to stand for the entirety of your shift
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions (most, but not all, observations can be conducted in covered areas).
  • At least 16 years old. (18+ preferred)
  • Minimum commitment of one 1-2 hour shift per week for at least 3 months.

Preferred Experience and Qualities:

  • Reliable and able to follow directions and protocols consistently
  • Ability to observe and record data
  • Interest in wildlife and the environment
  • Experience with collection of observational data is not required but is helpful


  • Opportunity to enhance research and communication skills
  • Opportunity to contribute to welfare of non-releasable animals
  • 15% discount in the CuriOdyssey Shop


Individual 1-2 hour training will be conducted by Director of Wildlife

To Apply:

  • We are a child focused organization, and volunteers represent CuriOdyssey to the public and have a significant impact on the visitor experience. We therefore conduct a thorough selection process for every volunteer position—including an application, interview, reference check and background Live Scan clearance process.
  • First Step: Complete an online volunteer application: Volunteer
  • For more information, contact: [email protected] or 650-340-7580

Join the CuriOdyssey Community


1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

[email protected]

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

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