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The Living Desert offers a multitude of ways to give back through volunteering. The Living Desert offers a multitude of ways to give back through volunteering.

Volunteer

Join Our Wonderfully Wild Team of Volunteers

As a non-profit organization, The Living Desert relies on the generous support of our beloved volunteers, who are an important part of our zoo team and further the impact of conservation every day.

"What could be more enriching and inspiring than sharing my time with The Living Desert's incredible animals and beautiful gardens or meeting guests from all over the world? It is an oasis, a precious gem, and it is a joy to be there"
- Volunteer at The Living Desert since 2021

Active Volunteers

Volunteer
Program

Each day, our volunteers connect with guests from around the world to create unforgettable experiences. These passionate ambassadors are essential in helping guests plan their visit, learn more about the plants and animals throughout the zoo, inspire conservation action, and so much more! For example, our volunteers are key players in facilitating hands-on adventure at the Petting Kraal, guiding guests through the interactive learning opportunities at the Discovery Center, and interpreting the important medical care and veterinary procedures that take place in the Tennity Wildlife Hospital.

Active volunteers receive several benefits, including exclusive educational opportunities, discounts, and social activities.

New volunteer orientations are held monthly.

"I love continually learning, sharing, and making friends. I am passionate about sharing The Living Desert with our guests!"
- Volunteer at The Living Desert since 2009

For specific questions, please contact the Volunteer Office at (760) 346-5694 ext. 2503 or volunteer@livingdesert.org
Our Volunteers
Mean The World To Us

Application

Apply today. New volunteer orientations are held monthly!

Let's answer your Volunteer questions!

Read Volunteer FAQs

Still have questions after reading the FAQ document? Please contact the Volunteer Office at (760) 346‑5694 ext. 1803 or Volunteer@LivingDesert.org

Qualifications & Requirements

Qualifications

  • Enjoy people and interacting with others
  • Have an established interest in nature, or the willingness to learn
  • Have an open mind that is ready to learn and experience new things
  • Be able to communicate clearly and calmly 
  • Ability to model respect for the animals and the desert ecosystem and willingness to represent The Living Desert in a friendly and professional manner
  • Be responsible, committed, and enthusiastic
  • Have availability - flexible scheduling is available!

Requirements

  • Complete and submit the Volunteer Application
  • Pass a standard background check (fee applies)
  • Complete all required training for assigned duties
  • Use our volunteer management system, My Impact, for all scheduling and timeclock needs (training provided)
  • All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including one boost shot

 

ZooTeen Volunteer
Program

It’s never too early to get involved!

Teens are invited to gain a new, wonderfully wild perspective of The Living Desert through the ZooTeen volunteer program!

ZooTeens are high school students who are curious, lifelong learners with a special interest in conservation, education and have a passion to give back to their community.

As a ZooTeen volunteer you are an agent of conservation and will have the opportunity to learn about animal care, zoo careers and gain valuable job skills while volunteering in a fun and collaborative learning environment.

ZooTeens receive a comprehensive education and training in public speaking, guest services as well as area specific training in our guest interactions areas such as the Petting Kraal, Discovery Center, G-Scale Model Train Display and more!

ZooTeens that demonstrate considerable commitment and dedication to volunteering will also have opportunities to promote the mission of the Living Desert through volunteering as Animal Keeper Assistants and Educational Interpreters, too.

Applications are currently open, to apply click here.

For specific questions or to sign up for an orientation, please contact the ZooTeen Volunteer Office (760) 346-5694 ext. 2504 or ZooTeens@LivingDesert.org
Our ZooTeens
Make Us Proud!

Application

Applications are currently open, to apply click here.

 

Let's answer your ZooTeen questions!

Read our FAQs

Still have questions after reading the FAQ document? Please contact the Volunteer Office at (760) 346‑5694 ext. 2501 or ZooTeens@LivingDesert.org

ZooTeen Program Overview Schedule

Applications must be received by the due date and any applications submitted after this date will be considered for the next ZooTeen application window. 

Once your applications is received, you will be emailed with further instructions for the application and interview process.

 

Qualifications & Requirements

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in grades 9-12 (public, private or home schooled)
  • Enjoy people and interacting with others
  • Be willing and able to represent The Living Desert in a friendly and professional manner

Requirements

  • Complete and submit the ZooTeen Application
  • Attend a ZooTeen orientation sessions
  • Commit to a full year of service
  • Commit to two shifts of volunteering service per month
  • Participate in special events throughout the year
  • Participate in at least one week-long session of Summer ZooCamp
  • Submit a letter of recommendation to: ZooTeens@livingdesert.org.
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