Zoo Volunteers ~

Hands on opportunities to care for the animals

What does a Teen Volunteer do?

Teen volunteers assist Zoo Keepers and Educators with the daily responsibilities of operating the zoo. Our volunteers will share their wildlife knowledge with visitors at the Oglebay Good Zoo, while using live animals and artifacts. In addition to the everyday duties, volunteers also aid in conducting summer camps, birthday parties, special events, and more.

Who can be a Volunteer?

Teen volunteers must be currently enrolled in the 7th – 12th grade. Our Adult Volunteer Program is available for those 18 years and older. For more information on the Adult Volunteer Program, contact our Zoo Volunteer Coordinator at 304-243-4033 or email docents@oglebay.com. 

How do I become a Volunteer?

  1. Fill out an application form. Application deadline: January 8, 2020.
  2. Obtain two recommendation forms completed by teachers, scout leaders, or other adults who are not relatives. (Teachers are preferred.)
  3. Be interviewed by a Zoo Educator.
  4. If accepted into the Volunteer Training Program submit a $55 participation fee, which helps cover training materials, a uniform t-shirt, volunteer newsletter, and more. (Scholarships are available for those in financial need.)
  5. Attend training classes, which are held January through April.
  6. Prove knowledge of training class material.

2020 Teen Volunteer Application

Adult Volunteer Application

How often can I volunteer?

After successfully completing the Volunteer Training Program, Teen Volunteers are required to assist the zoo a minimum of the following hours: January through April – 16 hours, May – 8 hours, June – 24 hours, July – 24 hours, August – 16 hours, and September through December – 16 hours (including two nights of Boo at the Zoo).

Contact our Zoo Education Department at 304-243-4068 or email docents@oglebay.com for more information. 

Current Volunteers:

Volunteer Information Center