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The Cougar Mountain Zoo Volunteer Program offers a broad variety of unique experiences for qualified Volunteers.


There are many reasons why you should become a Volunteer and share the joys this fulfilling involvement offers.


Volunteering at the Zoo offers a chance to enrich your life through a better understanding of nature and the earth’s vanishing wildlife.


As a Volunteer you get to know and develop a special relationship with others who share a common interest.


You will gain valuable experience, training, interact with some of the most unique and endangered animals, play an important role in the conservation of wildlife and promote the cause of the natural world.


As a Volunteer you will also be the recipient of the appreciation and recognition one deserves for volunteering time and talent to a noble cause.


Click here to download docent/volunteer application.



Education (Docent)

One of the primary roles of a Docent is to serve in educational and interpretive capacities.  Docents play a role as roving Interpreters, Tour Guides, Animal Behavior Observers, Outreach Specialists, Museum/Gallery/Gift Shop Attendants and may also be working with live Zoo Animals in the course of Zoo Educational Programs.

Fundraising (Docent)

Volunteers assist the Zoo in a range of fundraising activities and help promote Zoo Programs such as Membership, Pave the Way Program, Wildlife Tracks Library Expansion, Sponsorships, Events and other functions.


Volunteers with construction and maintenance skills may assist in many areas throughout the year.


Volunteers with green thumbs assist with planting, cultivating flowers and maintaining shrubs and trees.  Gardeners also research the viability of introducing new flora into animal habitats and general landscaping throughout the Zoo.


Volunteers with administrative skills may assist in Zoo and Society offices fulfilling various roles.  Computer skills are not required but helpful.

Animal Care (Keeper Aide)   There are no Volunteer openings in this category.

Volunteers with the required aptitude may work towards becoming Volunteer Aides assisting Zoo Keepers in supportive roles (minimum age 21).

How to Do It

Our Volunteer Program requires special people with a sincere desire and commitment to the Zoo’s philosophy of education, conservation and a quality life for our Zoo Animals.


To become a Volunteer one must be at least eighteen years old and serious about making a time commitment.  Previous experience is not necessary.


The first step in becoming a Volunteer is to download, fill out and turn in the volunteer application.
Once this has been reviewed, you will be contacted to schedule an introductory meeting.

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