Volunteer Programs

What can you do, at the Jackson Zoo?

We have several volunteer opportunities for many ages and abilities.

Education Volunteers specialize in educating the public about the environment and the animals at the Zoo.

Zoo Teens are teenage volunteers who are trained to assist with animal care.


Joseph with AlligatorEducation Volunteers play an integral part in education programs that include: Animal Programs and Outreach/ZooMobiles.They also work Special Events, and often spear head Special Projects.

Don’t think you have the experience?  NO WORRIES!  We will train you!


Must commit to 15 hours in each 3 month quarter.  


For more information contact:
Becky Olthof at rolthof@jacksonzoo.org

or 601-352-2580 ext. 241


Zoo Teen Volunteer

Do you have a passion for animals and a desire to volunteer at your local zoo? If so, come join the Zoo Teen volunteer program this summer. You will help with special projects, zoo events and become an exhibit guide that inspires zoo guests about the wild world around them.






  • Age: 13-17 years old
  • Have proof of a current Tetanus Vaccination
  • Pay $20 Zoo Teen dues
  • Able to volunteer for the following days

Volunteer Project


Shift Time

Orientation/Meet and Greet – Mandatory

Thursday, May 15


Training- Mandatory

Saturday, May 31


Special Event Volunteer

Must be able to volunteer at least 2 of 3 dates

Friday, June 6


Saturday, July 12


Saturday, August 2


Special Project

Must be able to volunteer at least 3 of 4 dates

Friday, June 13


Friday, June 27


Friday, July 11


Friday, July 25


Exhibit Guide

Must be able to volunteer at least 3 of 6 dates

Saturday, June 7


Saturday, June 21


Saturday, June 28


Saturday, July 5


Saturday, July 19


Saturday, July 26



To apply complete the Zoo Teen Application, save it with your name in the filename, and email it to Becky Olthof at rolthof@jacksonzoo.org


Former Zoo Teens

If you are a former Zoo Teen wishing to return, contact Becky Olthof to receive your Zoo Teen Packet.

Email: rolthof@jacksonzoo.org

Phone: (601) 352-2580 ext 241


The events at the Jackson Zoo would not be possible without the hard work of many dedicated volunteers. From the people who help with the celebrity scoopers at Ice Cream Safari, and the ones who dress up as not so scary "monsters" and help us make Boo at the Zoo fun. Everyone who puts in their valuable free time is important to us we want them to know…"We couldn’t do it without you!"

If you or your group or company is interested in volunteering at the Zoo, we welcome your help at these special events scheduled for 2012:

  • Zoo Brew - April
  • Ice Cream Safari - July
  • Zoo Party - September
  • Boo at the Zoo - last two weekends in October

If you are interested in becoming an event volunteer, contact the Jackson Zoo Education Department or call: (601) 352-2580 ext 241.