Volunteer

Volunteer

Are you interested in the environment, conservation of animal habitats and endangered species? Are you interested in reaching out to others to teach them about these subjects or just getting involved any way that is available with rare and exotic plants and animals? 

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a variety of volunteer groups that may be just for you. It involves spending time with like minded individuals while helping the Zoo accomplish its many goals by becoming a Zoo volunteer.

At this time, we are not currently accepting Scuba Diver applications from adult volunteers. Thank you for your interest!


 

Adult Volunteers

There is great reward in teaching others to see the wonders of nature and watch a mind grow. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has a selection of volunteer opportunities that are both interesting and fulfilling. Some positions interact with Zoo visitors, while others may work behind the scenes. Whatever the job, each and everyone is valued and performs a service for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Be able to commit to 2 years of volunteer service
  • Meet minimum hourly requirements per year
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation 
  • Complete application and interview process

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Docents - Docents are volunteer teachers who assist with the Zoo's formal and informal education programs. This position plays a vital role in the visitor experience as well as the success of special events.
  • Wildlife Safari Park-  If you enjoy the outdoors and learning about North American species, Wildlife Safari Park is for you.  Volunteers help with special events, lead tours and work with people of all ages.  Wildlife Safari Park is located off Nebraska's I-80, Exit 426. 
  • Butterfly and Insect Pavilion At this time we are not currently accepting applications for this volunteer position.
  • Clerical - Assist in Zoo offices with mailings, computer data entry and other general office duties. At this time we are not currently accepting applications for this volunteer position.
  • Visitor Services   At this time we are not currently accepting applications for this volunteer position.
  • Diet Kitchen - Volunteers assist in the preparation of diets for Zoo animals.
  • Scuba Diver - Must be a certified scuba diver to apply and contact (402) 738-2076 directly.  
  • Job Shadow and Internships

Veterinary Internship and Externship

Externships are available to fourth-year veterinary students and internships are available to those with a veterinary degree (DVM, VMD).

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Youth Volunteers

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has several programs available for students in 4th through 12th grade.  See below to find the program most appropriate for your child, deadlines and meeting dates.

XYZ (eXplore Your Zoo) - 4th through 6th Grade

What is the XYZ program? XYZ is designed for students currently in 4th grade through 6th grade (during the 2016/2017 school year) who have an interest in animals and want to expand their knowledge of the natural world. XYZ members will enhance their knowledge and skills from a unique combination of classroom and volunteering experiences.

How do you become a part of the XYZ program? Students interested in applying for the XYZ program will need to complete an application form and one page essay.  Applications are due by January 31, 2018. 

Students will need to be available for classroom experiences April through July on the FOURTH Saturday of each month. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer during the summer months.  

There is a fee upon acceptance to join the program. Cost is $50 for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium members, $65 for non members and  $20 for returning members.  

Volunteer Application Form

Junior Crew - 7th and 8th Grade

What is the Junior Crew? Junior Crew is designed to challenge students currently in 7th and 8th grade (during the 2016/2017 school year) in the natural sciences fields including biology and zoology.  Junior Crew members will enhance their knowledge of the natural world along with experiencing rewards from volunteering their time, energy and talents.

Become a part of the Junior Crew!  Students interested in applying for the Junior Crew will need to complete an application form and a one page essay. Applications are due by January 31, 2018.

Students will need to be available for Junior Crew meetings April through July on the SECOND Saturday of each month.   Students will have the opportunity to volunteer during the summer months.  There is a fee upon acceptance to join the program.  Cost is $50 for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium members, $65 for non members and $20 for returning members. 

Volunteer Application Form

Zoo Crew - 9th through 12th Grade

Are you a teen who is interested in volunteering at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium?  Are you interested in animal care, research and conservation?  If so, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Zoo Crew is a group of dedicated students who support the Zoo's mission by volunteering their time and talents.  They participate in educational programs, on-grounds programs, and have the opportunity to assist in an animal area.

Zoo Crew is broken into tiers based on the number of years of volunteer service with Zoo Crew.  Tier I students will complete a comprehensive training program that takes a look a the Zoo's animal collection and exhibits, along with a variety of careers in the zoological field.  Combine these class experiences with volunteering and you get one amazing opportunity to explore and learn! 

Cost is $70 for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium members, $85 for non members. Fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Students interested in the program must begin the process by filling out a preliminary application.

How To Apply For Zoo Crew

1. Fill out the online application. You will receive a separate notification upon acceptance to the program which contains further information which must be completed in order to join Zoo Crew.

2. You must attend the Kick-Off Meeting at the Zoo:  September 24 at 5:00pm. Please bring a parent/guardian with you to the meeting.

Job Shadowing/Internships

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® is a multi-faceted operation and we try to develop internships and job shadowing opportunities to encompass all aspects of the Zoo. We currently offer the following opportunities for students 11th grade and older.

  • Job shadowing experiences are for students 11th grade through college.
     

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  • Internships are offered for students in college or recent college graduates. We are currently only accepting applications for 2018. Housing for 2017 is no longer available.

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Current Volunteers

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