Your Zoo Needs You! Volunteering at Idaho Falls Zoo


Volunteers are important members of the Idaho Falls Zoo family!

The zoo offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for adults, teens, and groups. Learn more below: 








Adults (18 and over):  From animal care (cleaning, handling, etc.) to gardening; guiding tours to helping with classes; exhibit maintenance to special events the zoo has something for everyone. Did we mention lots of cleaning? Here’s how to get started:

1.  Apply.Click here for application

  • Applicants must complete an application, pass a background check, and attend an interview with zoo staff. If accepted, you must complete required training programs.

2. Train.

  • If chosen, all adult volunteers must attend a general volunteer training session, approximately six hours long, held in the spring. At your interview, we will discuss upcoming training dates and times.

3. Learn.

  • Once you’ve completed general training, you’ll be provided with many options to select how you’d like to help the zoo. Options include education program support such as outreach and on-grounds programs, animal care (exhibit care, cleaning, preparing animal diets, etc.), gardening, maintenance, office assistance, marketing, and more.  Additional training will be required for each option. 


  • Purchase a uniform shirt (prices from $15-$30) and wear black pants or long shorts.
  • Must become a member of the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society (prices range from $25-$100) BUT you get a 50% discount on the annual membership fee as long as you are an active volunteer. 
  • 20% discount in the Explorer’s Station Giftshop
  • Admission to the zoo depending on the TPZS membership you select, plus admission to those special events included with your membership.
  • If you choose to help in the Primate Center, proof of a negative tuberculosis test is required every two years. A current tetanus booster is strongly recommended. Contact your physician or District 7 Health Dept. for costs and details. 







1.  Apply. Click here for the application. 

  • Applicants must submit an application, medical forms, and references by April 3, 2017; pass a background check, and attend an interview with zoo staff. 

2. Train.

  • Only a select number of applicants are chosen (this is a very competitive program!). Those selected teen volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer training session and a parent or guardian is also required to attend!

  • Throughout the summer, participants are required to attend continuing education classes about animal handling and conservation and complete a project which they will present to the public in August.

3. Let's Get to Work!

  • Once you’ve completed general training, you’ll be ready to spend your summer helping the zoo.  Junior Zoo Crew work an average of two to three shifts per week, each shift 3.5 hours long (9-12 hours total weekly). 


  • The 2016 cost of the Junior Zoo Crew program is $85 for Tautphaus Park Zoological Society members, $105 for nonmembers. Price includes one T-shirt, all the training you’ll receive, and access to a program manual. All fees are nonrefundable. 
  • Admission to the zoo for you (not for your family unless you have a family TPZS membership) included only during your time as a Junior Zoo Crew member.




GROUP VOLUNTEERINGIs your troop, club, or organization looking for one-time community volunteer projects? The zoo offers special projects such as grounds cleanup and maintenance. We also need community volunteers during large special events like Boo at the Zoo. To find out more, contact Megan Donovan at  


All volunteers must complete a City of Idaho Falls waiver of liability prior to volunteering. More youth, this form MUST be completed by a parent or guardian.