Volunteer Opportunities


Giving is the Greatest Gift.

  • Learn here about how to become a Zoo volunteer.
  • 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 Allison Ford, Animal Volunteer & Revenue Programs Coordinator at animalprograms@cmzoo.org 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 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 719-424-7827, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org



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 animalprograms@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.


Call our volunteer services at 719-424-7874, or e-mail animalprograms@cmzoo.org.



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 smyers@cmzoo.org


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.

Run to the Shrine Day of Saturday, May 19, 2018 Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719-424-7827, or
e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org
Tails, Tunes & Tastes Evenings of:
Thursdays, July 26 & August 30, 2018
Special Events Manager
719-424-7847, or
e-mail rgraves@cmzoo.org
Boo at the Zoo Evenings of:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday,
October 19-20-21
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Wednesday, October 26-27-28 & 31, 2018
Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719-424-7827, or
e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org
Electric Safari Evenings of:
December 2018 dates TBA
Special Event Volunteer Coordinator
719-424-7827, or
e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org


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 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 719-424-7827, or e-mail edprograms@cmzoo.org


Zoo Docents

Docent Programs are offered for ages 21-100.

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