Bringing People and Animals Together.

Want to invest some time somewhere that you can make a difference? Volunteers keep Cheyenne Mountain Zoo running smoothly. We rely on them for everything from keeping the animal areas tidy to keeping our offices organized!

If you love animals and want to be a part of connecting animals and people, join our team today.


Three Ways to Volunteer at the Zoo:

1. One day, One-time Volunteer

Simply sign-up and show up for single projects or special events. Browse the Volunteer Opportunities listed in the expandables below, look for one-time opportunity details listed if applicable, along with who to contact and how to apply.
Note: One-time opportunities occur most often for Special Events.

2. Ongoing Volunteer

To be a regular ongoing volunteer at the Zoo, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old. (Teens 12-17 years old, please see our Teen Programs)
  • Complete the volunteer application process with the appropriate department for your interest (listings in opportunities below).
  • Attend a mandatory volunteer information meeting and interview.
  • Complete mandatory volunteer orientation during which time you will:
    • Pay the registration fee of $50.00. (Fee covers a t-shirt, name tag and required background check for one state. If you have lived in multiple states in the past seven years you will pay an additional amount to cover those state background checks.)
    • Fill out information for a background check.
    • Supply proof of a negative tuberculosis test within the past year. (Costs approximately $20.)
    • Bring a signed Release and Waiver of Claims form with you to your volunteer orientation.

3. Become a Zoo Docent

The Docent program’s goal is to challenge children to care about wildlife and the wild places, by providing an experience they’ll remember for a lifetime. Learn more about Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary Docents.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Giving is the Greatest Gift.

  • Adult volunteer applications are being accepted, except where otherwise noted below.
  • Browse the expandables below to find out about current volunteer opportunities, who to contact and how to apply.
  • Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you at the Zoo!


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 or animal lovers alike! (Please note there is no unauthorized contact with animals)

What you’ll do…

Animal Department volunteers will commit to a weekly, recurring time slot within one of our animal areas. Our volunteer coordinator matches our applicants with available time slots within the areas base on the applicants availability and interests.

Each of our animal areas are unique in the tasks that a volunteer will help with, but general duties include: helping with diet prep, cleaning exhibits, scrubbing floors, helping with enrichment preparation, and shoveling manure.
There is always something going on around the zoo! Whether it’s day to day tasks or helping with a new project, our volunteers are crucial in helping accomplish all of the amazing work our keepers do.

Requirements and Cost

  • Volunteering with the animal department is open to anyone 18 years or older.
  • Our screening process includes a clear background check, Negative Tuberculosis Test, and questionnaire.
  • Applicants are also required to attend an orientation prior to starting in the animal areas.
  • There is a $50.00 fee to begin volunteering. This fee covers the cost of running your background check, a t-shirt, and a name tag.


To Apply

After reviewing the above information, start the registration process by submitting this online Animal Department Volunteer Application.

*Please note that we bring in new volunteers seasonally and may not contact you until the new upcoming season*


Contact Steve Carter, Animal Volunteer & Revenue Programs Coordinator at [email protected] or call 719-424-7874.



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, feeding and cleaning 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, by emailing the following information to [email protected]:

  • First and last name
  • Best phone number
  • Area of interest (animals or education programs-camps, tours, etc.)
  • Why you want to be a volunteer?
  • Volunteer availability (hours/days per week)




Group Volunteering is a fantastic way for your club, business, team or organization to help Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and have a unique experience at the same time! Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity that inspires teamwork and forms bonds that last a lifetime.

At any given time, there are a variety of projects at the Zoo that require an army of people to complete. When we receive your call with interest in group volunteering, there are a few things we will need to know:

  1. Is there an estimated date you have in mind for volunteering?
  2. How many people will be participating with your group?
  3. What does your group consist of? Coworkers? Family members? Club members?

This better helps us pair your with a project that will suit your abilities and interests.

Our projects are typically scheduled for 3 hour time slots in either the morning or the afternoon depending upon your availability and the time that our project warrants. Waiver forms will need to be completed prior to volunteering.


Volunteering FAQ

Q: Can youth groups come to volunteer at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo?
Youth groups are perfect for our special event opportunities that are listed in the Special Events expandable below. If you are interested in more involved individual teen experiences, please visit the Teen Programs page for more information.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Dressing in layers is always a great option. Please keep in mind the unpredictable Colorado weather that we work with on the side of the mountain every day. You may be working side by side with the keepers and the clothes you wear may become dirty. Closed toed shoes are required.

Q: Should we bring anything?
A: There are no special tools or equipment that are needed for you to volunteer. Gloves and water bottles are encouraged as some of the projects you may be participating in can be somewhat physical.


How to Apply:

  1. After reviewing the above information, please contact us to start the registration process at 719-424-7874, or e-mail [email protected]
  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.


Call our volunteer services at 719-424-7874, or e-mail [email protected].



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, start the registration process by submitting this online Adult CMZoo Volunteer Application.

Questions: Contact the Horticulture Department at 719-424-7843, or e-mail [email protected]


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 table below to discover upcoming events with volunteer opportunities.

Run to the Shrine Day of Saturday, May 18, 2019 Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719-424-7840, or
e-mail [email protected]
Tails, Tunes & Tastes Evenings of:
Thursdays, July 25 & August 29, 2019
Special Events Manager
719-424-7840, or
e-mail [email protected]
Boo at the Zoo Evenings of:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
October 18-19-20
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday, October 25-26-27 & 31, 2019
Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719-424-7840, or
e-mail [email protected].
Electric Safari Evenings of:
December 6-8, 13-23, and 25-January 1, 2020
Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719-424-7840, or
e-mail [email protected]


What you may 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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.


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 special 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 719-424-7827, or e-mail [email protected]


Zoo Docents

Docent Programs are offered for ages 21-100.

Please visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary Docent Programs pages for further details.


Become a Zoo volunteer and see what a difference one person can make!