Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
BECOME A VOLUNTEER!
Pictures were taken Pre-COVID. (July 2018- Jan 2020)
The ZooTeen Program is for teens who are interested in pursuing a career involving zookeeping, zoo education, veterinary care, conservation biology or other related field. ZooTeens work closely with our education and animal care teams. They conduct meet- and- greets and animal care routines, and they assist camp counselors with summer camp programs. Additional volunteer opportunities are available throughout the school year.
The ZooTeen Program is highly competitive with limited availability. Applications are accepted November through February and selected applicants are invited to an interview. Applicants who are not selected are welcome to reapply the following season. Prior volunteer experience with animal handling, public speaking and/or working with children is beneficial but not required.
The docent program is for adults who are interested in volunteering in an educational setting within a zoological facility. Docents work closely with our education team and conservation education ambassadors to conduct animal meet- and- greets and exhibit hosting. Docents may also assist zoo educators during on- site class programs and special events.
The Keeper Aide Program is for adults who are interested in volunteering in a zoological facility alongside zoo staff to provide daily care for our exhibit animals. They are assigned to specific routines, which include cleaning animal exhibits, preparing diets and/or providing enrichment for our zoo animals.
Keeper Aides are assigned to a single routine that they learn and complete over the first six months. After the initial period, Keeper Aides are given an evaluation and may be invited to continue beyond six months. Previous experience with animal husbandry and/or animal safety is beneficial.
If you love gardening, you will love spending time at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and Kelley Park. From seasonal weeding, ornamental pruning, to assisting with pollinator conservation efforts – there are many ways to get involved.
The City of San José has instated a COVID-19 Vaccination mandate for all City workers. This mandate extends to volunteers. Please note that the mandate is consistent for all City workers and vaccine verification is required for volunteers and employees that work completely remotely/virtually as well as those that work at a City building.
For additional information about the City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, refer to the full Policy: City’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing (sanjoseca.gov)