Opportunities

Giving is the Greatest Gift.

  • Adult volunteer applications are being accepted, except where otherwise noted.

  • Learn here about how to become a Zoo volunteer.

  • Browse the expandables below to find out about current volunteer opportunities, who to contact and how to apply.

 

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Animals

Help our zoo keepers with their animal husbandry duties. Work behind the scenes to help clean, and maintain our animal exhibits and enrich the lives of our animal residents. A perfect fit for those looking to get experience in the field of zoology. Please note there is no unauthorized contact with animals!

Recruitment

Must be 18 years or older.
Applicants must attend a recruitment session to be considered for the program, as well as pass a background check, TB, and drug test.

Currently not accepting new applicants-stay tuned for openings in the fall 2014!

What you'll do...

General Duties include: helping with diet prep, cleaning exhibits/stalls, scrubbing floors, helping with enrichment preparation, and shoveling manure.

Animal areas are divided into tiers. Adults who are interested in working in an animal area labeled ďTier 2Ē must first volunteer for a minimum of 98 hours or 6 months and be in good standing with positive evaluations in order to be considered in that area.

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Tier 1

African Rift Valley 1: Animals in this area include: various bird species, Colobus monkeys, Grantís zebra, Meerkats, Rock Hyrax, Red River hogs, various reptiles. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work.

African Rift Valley 2: Animals in this area include: Reticulated giraffe, Okapi, African Lion. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work

Aquatics: Animals in this area include: Hippopotamus, African Penguins, Burmese Python, Komodo Dragon, various fish, Rocky Mountain goats, American beaver, and various amphibians. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work.

Commissary: No animals in this area-however duties include: Diet preparation, hauling hay, sorting donated produce.

Monkey Pavilion: Animals in this area include: Ring-tailed Lemur, Lar gibbon, Black and white ruffed lemur, White-cheeked gibbons, Asiatic Bear, Andean Bear, Black Howler Monkey, Coatimundi, Black Mangaby, Goeldi’s Marmoset, Geoffroy’s Marmoset, and Hoffman’s Two-toed sloth. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work.

Outback Yard: Area includes Big Backyard, Scutes Family Gallery, and the Australia area. Animals in this area include: Lots of reptiles, wallabies, Emu, parakeets, Nigerian Dwarf goat, Pot-bellied pig, chickens, honeybees, variety of finches, and koi fish.

Ponies: Animals in this area include: Our pony herd. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work.

Primate World: Animals in this area include: Western Lowland Gorilla, Bornean Orangutan, Sumatran Orangutan, Siamang, Golden Lion Tamarins, Lion-tailed macaques, and Naked mole rats. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work.

Rocky Mountain Wild: Animals in this area include: Mountain lion, Canada Lynx, Moose, Mexican gray wolf, grizzly bear, North American river otter, Bald eagle, North American Porcupine, Turkey, Red-Tailed hawk, Swainson’s hawk. Further duties include hauling hay and grain, and some yard work.


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Tier 2

Conservation Highlands: Animals in this area include: Amur tiger, Amur leopard, Snow leopard, Pallas cat, Black-Footed Ferret, Wyoming Toad, Tapir.

Elephants: Animals in this area include: African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros. Further duties include hauling hay and grain.



To Apply

After reviewing the above information, start the registration by completing this
Adult Animal Volunteer Application, then email it back to
Ashley Arimborgo, Animal Admin. Assistant at animalprograms@cmzoo.org
Questions, contact 719-424-7874.


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Education Volunteers

Explore! Learn! and Play! Do you love spending time with children and want to experience the Zoo through their eyes than join our team.

What you'll do...

  • Assist our staff in creating fun animal experiences during our programs
  • Assist our staff in interpreting and handling our collection of education animals
  • It takes a village of skills to run an education department so you can be a part of our time by performing administrative duties such as organizing, filing, data entry.

To Apply

After reviewing the above information, please contact us to start the registration process with our Special Event Volunteer Coordinator at 719.633.9925, ext. 127, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org


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Groups of 20 or more

The More the Merrier!

At any given time, there are a variety of projects at the Zoo that require an army of people to complete. For any group of people, volunteering is a wonderful experience as it inspires teamwork and forms bonds that last a lifetime.

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Adult Groups

What a fantastic way for your club, business, team or organization to help Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and have unique experience at the same time.

Things You and Your Group Should Know:

  1. Dress appropriately. The weather and type of work your group is doing will determine what you should wear, but it's important to remember the Zoo is situated on a mountain. Weather tends to be a bit cooler than in Colorado Springs. Closed toed shoes are required for all projects.
  2. Bring a water bottle and lunch. Donít forget a water bottle to keep you hydrated! Each volunteer should bring a lunch if project work will extend through the noon hour.
  3. Be respectful of others. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo reserves the right to request that any individual or group leave Zoo grounds if their behavior is deemed inappropriate.

How to Apply:

  1. After reviewing the above information, please contact us to start the registration process with Group Volunteer Services at 719.633.9925, ext. 127, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org
  2. Please have dates and estimated numbers of participants ready when you contact us.
  3. We have a list of projects that are perfect for groups of 20 or more so please look at our list and let us know what interests you.



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Youth Groups

Volunteering is a wonderful experience for youth 11 years and older. It increases their maturity, sparks new interests and enhances their sense of community!

Things You and Your Group Should Know:

  1. Youths need to be at least 11 years old to volunteer. The ratio of adult supervisors to youth should be 1 to 5, depending on the age of the group's participants.
  2. Dress appropriately. The weather and type of work your group is doing will determine what you should wear, but it's important to remember the Zoo is situated on a mountain. Weather tends to be a bit cooler than in Colorado Springs. Closed toed shoes are required for all projects.
  3. Bring a water bottle and lunch. Donít forget a water bottle to keep you hydrated! Each volunteer should bring a lunch if project work will extend through the noon hour.
  4. Be respectful of others. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo reserves the right to request that any individual or group leave Zoo grounds if their behavior is deemed inappropriate. Youth groups must be supervised by adults in the group at all times during service.

How to Apply:

  1. After reviewing the above information, please contact us to start the registration process with Group Volunteer Services at 719.633.9925, ext. 127, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org
  2. Please have dates and estimated numbers of participants ready when you contact us.
  3. We will send out confirmation and participation waivers- these must be signed at the start of the project. **Completed waiver forms for all youth volunteers must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian. All adult supervisors must also complete a waiver form. **
  4. We have a list of projects that are perfect for groups of 20 or more so please look at our list and let us know what interests you.

Contact Us

Questions? Call Group Volunteer Services at 719.633.9925, ext. 127, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org.



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Horticulture

Help the horticulture and grounds department keep the Zoo looking great by performing a variety of tasks, depending on the season and weather.

What you'll do...

  • Mulch, weed or water to maintain the gardens.
  • Plant new exhibits or beds.
  • Assist with the holiday lights display.
  • Rake leaves and sweep the grounds....
  • Remove posts, build fences or move soil.
  • Help with other projects that arise.

To Apply

After reviewing the above information, please contact us to start the registration process with the Horticulture Department at 719.633.9925, ext. 142, or e-mail fhaas@cmzoo.org


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Special Events

We rely on help from volunteers to plan and execute events year-round. Our Education and Marketing departments work together to staff several fun and engaging large-scale special events at the Zoo. In addition, smaller special events are coordinated by specific departments which are also seeking volunteers.

Use the calendar below to discover upcoming events with volunteer opportunities.


EVENT DAY & DATE CONTACT INFO
Run to the Shrine Saturday, May 17, 2014 Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719.633.9925, ext. 127, or
e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org
Memorial Day Plant Sale Weekend days
May 24,25, 26, 2014
Frank Haas, Horticulture Curator
719-633-9925, ext. 142 or
e-mail fhaas@cmzoo.org
Boo at the Zoo Weekend Evenings
Oct.17-31, 2014
Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719.633.9925, ext. 127, or
e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org
Electric Safari Evenings
Dec.5, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719.633.9925, ext. 127, or
e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org

What you'll do...

  • Help set up events.
  • Provide directions and information to guests during the event.
  • Help with execution of the event (i.e. could include manning water stations for Run to the Shrine, running candy to booths for Boo at the Zoo, helping children with crafts during Electric Safari, etc).
  • Help clean up after events.


Costs & Requirements

  • There are no fees for special events volunteers.
  • Simply sign-up and show-up the day/time of the event!
    (It's a great way to help the Zoo and get experience if you are interested in becoming a longer term volunteer.)

To Apply

After reviewing the above information, contact the appropriate person listed with the event that you are interested in volunteering for.


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Special Talents & Resources

Volunteers with special talents and skills are a treasure. If you think you have something special to offer, the Zoo needs you! 

Here are some of the specail skills volunteers bring to the Zoo:

  • Photography
  • Comedy
  • Artistic ability
  • Magic
  • Face painting
  • Fund-raising
  • Working with children
  • Storytelling
  • Acting
  • Musical ability

To Apply

After reviewing the above information, please contact us to start the registration process with Group Volunteer Services at 719.633.9925, ext. 127, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org


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Teen Opportunities

Teen Programs are offered for ages 11-17.

Please visit our Teen Programs page for further details.