6 Ways to Volunteer at the Zoo

VolunTourism, the approach of combining traveling and volunteering at your particular chosen destination, is concept that has slowly been gaining popularity. It’s a great way to travel, see the world and experience foreign cultures, and at the same time giving back into the local community. The wide array of options available are also a big plus, which means you get to choose something that is also of interest to you.

For the animal lovers out there, here are a list of 6 ways to volunteer at the Singapore Zoo, courtesy of Heather. This list is understandably geared towards the Singapore Zoo alone, but you’ll no doubt be able to find similar roles in your local zoo!


Splash Safari. Photo credit - Loeffle.

Splash Safari. Photo credit - Loeffle.

Be a Docent

Docents are also known as our volunteer rangers. Stationed at strategic ‘Ranger Stations’ around the Zoo, they excite visitors with tools of engagement ranging from animal specimens (yes, they are real) to storytelling sessions. Through interaction with visitors, it is every docent’s aim to raise conservation awareness. We’re recruiting, so apply now!

Be a Conservation Ambassador

Friendly and enthusiastic, our conservation ambassadors are our youthful spokespeople for wildlife. Guided tours are their forte and they enjoy sharing animal facts and info with visitors.

Be a Zoolympix Station Master

Yes, the Youth Olympics has already arrived at the Singapore Zoo! For nine consecutive days from 20 to 28 June, children pit their skills against our animal champions. Station masters educate the game participants about the animals they are ‘competing’ with and also ensure they come away with a fun learning experience.


Indian rhino & white tiger. Photo credit - supersam5.

Indian rhino & white tiger. Photo credit - supersam5.

Join us as a Wildlife Buddy

Buddy up to do your part for wildlife! After training by our education staff, Wildlife Buddies will in turn become wildlife guides for their ‘buddies’. Through active learning about animals and the environment, you will foster a deeper appreciation for animal conservation, and share this interest with your friends. You can sign up as a class or with a group of like-minded friends.

Education Volunteer

Education volunteers help out in all aspects of an education officer’s job, which includes the running of in-park programs, school talks, outdoor camps and even husbandry for education’s collection of animals. They also assist in the caring of our specimens as well as our library of animal-related books.

Veterinary Volunteer

Veterinary volunteers shadow our vets on their rounds and assist during animal treatment. They also take care of the animals at the ward and help with general upkeep of the hospital. Only open to clinical year veterinary degree students (third year and above).

About the Author. Singapore Zoo. Most of our volunteer programmes are also available at the Jurong Bird Park. Do check out our educational websites for the zoo and the bird park for further details. You can also drop us an email at info@zoo.com.sg!


12 Comments on "6 Ways to Volunteer at the Zoo"

  1. Abdul Razak Sidin on Sun, 30th Oct 2011 11:06 am 

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My daughter age 12 years old was a passionate animal lover.She always asking me when can she had a chances to be volunteer in the zoo in school holiday.

    She ever caress a python snake in exhibition without fear and she was also a pets lover. Hope you can give us a feedback.

    Abdul Razak Sidin

  2. sabina on Thu, 1st Dec 2011 9:22 am 

    Hi, I would like to do volunteer work at the zoo on weekends. Please let me know how to apply for the same.


  3. Ayu on Fri, 2nd Nov 2012 5:50 am 

    i am interested in becoming a volunteer at the zoo on weekends. please get back to me on how i can acheive this?

    many thanks and look forward to hearing from you soon.


  4. Thaqifah on Sat, 3rd Nov 2012 6:21 am 

    iam interested in becoming a volunteer and iam just 14 years old coming to 15 next year. Iam interested in animals and would like help in any ways i could. I would like to know how can i achieve to be a volunteer?

    Lots of love,
    Thaqifah (Ifah)

  5. Wesley Low on Sat, 3rd Nov 2012 7:45 am 

    I am 12 years old and am very interested in taking care of animals and creepy crawlies in the zoo. Please let me know how to go about joining you guys during year Primary 6 year end holidays.

    Looking forward with great enthusiasm.
    Wesley Low
    3 November 2012

  6. julie on Thu, 11th Apr 2013 1:24 pm 

    Hey there!:) I’ve volunteered at the zoo before, just letting you know that to volunteer to work as a zookeeper, you have to be 16& above for the june and december slots, this will be counted for your VIA hours.
    If youre younger than 16, you can opt for the junior zookeeper programme, you have to pay for that though.
    Hope this helped!:)

  7. fendy on Tue, 2nd Jul 2013 4:48 am 

    hello there. i am a veterinary sutudent, going to the second years. i want to join the veterinary volunteer but it is written that i should minimum on the third year. i want to try the education volunteer. just want to ask what to do first and how long does it takes time? and also what are we gonna do there? thanks before

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  10. Ragavi on Wed, 3rd Jun 2015 12:17 pm 


    This is Ragavi Vijayakumar from NUS High School, and I would like to volunteer at the Zoo, since I like animals and also recently have developed a slight fear of them so I would like the get rid of it by getting more opportunities to engage with them. I would be able to help during holidays :)

    Hope to hear from you soon and hope I’d get a place to serve the community at the Zoo :))

    Yours Sincerely,

  11. Angela Diaz on Sat, 18th Jul 2015 1:15 am 

    Hi I am 65 years old still working . Had a monkey sometime ago also took care of a friends monkey.
    Would love to volunteer to take care of monkeys like feeding and caring for them … Just to be around them.
    Please do let me know if there is something I can do to interact with them during the week ends
    Appreciate it.

  12. Maryam on Tue, 24th Jan 2017 6:58 pm 

    My 16 yr old daughter is interested in volunteering and work experience for a few days, in July this year. She loves our zoo/ bird park and animals. She’s thinking of taking Science based subjects at A levels.

    Would appreciate it if you could let me know if there’s any programme that she could join in. Thanks.

    Kind regards,

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