Volunteer at the OC Zoo!

Volunteer greeting group of school children.The OC Zoo, located in Irvine Regional Park, is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of zoo activities. Volunteers are an important part of the zoo, whether it’s assisting the regular Animal Keepers with cleaning the exhibits, preparing diets for the animals, giving guided zoo tours, providing educational programs or other activities. The OC Zoo has two types of volunteers, regular volunteers and docents. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Regular volunteers assist the zoo’s Animal Keepers or work on needed projects throughout the zoo. Volunteers that assist the Animal Keepers help with cleaning exhibits, preparing diets and assisting with projects. Regular volunteers can also lend their talents in many other ways – horticulture, photography, animal observation, construction, maintenance, painting, general facility repairs, and more. If you are interested in participating in the regular volunteer program or would like additional information, please contact Marcy Crede-Booth, Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846 or fill out and send in the Volunteer Questionnaire.

Docents are the zoo’s education volunteers. Docents assist in our Zoo Education Department by giving guided tours to school children, assisting with toddler classes, scout programs, conducting story time programs, staffing Discovery Carts with hands-on animal artifacts, helping with special events such as "Halloween at the Zoo" and "Christmas at the Zoo." Additionally Docents may conduct educational talks, handle reptiles, assist with off-site events, direct children’s crafts, and much more! A training class and manual is provided for all docents. If you are interested in becoming a docent or would like additional information, please contact Marcy Crede-Booth, Zoo Education Coordinator at (714) 973-6846 or fill out and send in the Volunteer Questionnaire.