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As a volunteer, you will need to be at least 18 years of age and:

- have excellent communication skills
- lots of enthusiasm
- be physically fit
- be reliable

Click here to download a volunteer application form (pdf)

We currently have:
250 amazing volunteers, who worked over 36,000 hours in the 2012/2013 year, that's 4000 more hours than last year!

Volunteer at the Zoo

Auckland Zoo volunteers are our ambassadors for the Zoo and take great pride in their professional work.

Volunteers selling tiger posters for conservation

Being an Auckland Zoo volunteer gives you an opportunity to share your interest in wildlife and conservation with Zoo visitors.

It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with a wide range of people, at the same time as gaining an insight into the conservation and education focus of the Zoo.

Volunteer work at the Zoo is primarily people-focused; however, volunteers may have the chance to apply to work on section to assist the keepers.

Auckland Zoo volunteer cleans the tiger window

Our trained guides talk to Zoo visitors about animals, assist keepers and help out at the Zoo's daily encounters.  Our Zoo Crew volunteers help by cleaning windows, collecting leaves and grass, and have some driving duties. All volunteers have the opportunity to help with night events.

Find out more about our current volunteer vacancies. We have both weekly and occasional volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer team photo

Prospective volunteers are interviewed, and if accepted, then take part in an induction day - which is designed to familiarise new volunteers with all aspects of the Zoo. This provides a good insight into the structure and roles of the Zoo, as well as the day-to-day animal management. There are several training days held throughout the year, which are designed to develop your skills and inform you of new zoo developments.

Volunteering is extremely rewarding! As a volunteer at Auckland Zoo, you provide a vital support system for staff, keepers and animals.

Click here to download our volunteer application form (pdf)

For more information about volunteering or to have an application form posted to you, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email or by phone (09) 353 2090.

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opening hours

Winter (1 May to 31 August)
9.30am - 5pm
last admissions at 4.15pm

Summer (1 September to 30 April)
9.30am to 5.30pm
last admissions at 4.15pm



Auckland Zoo
Motions Road
Western Springs
Auckland 1022