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Be a Volunteer at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo!

Volunteers provide valuable assistance in almost every area of the Zoo's operations. These committed individuals donate over 40,000 hours a year in a variety of capacities. That's an equivalent value of more than $750,000 in volunteer work.


If you are serious about dedicating your time and energy to the Zoo on a regular basis, feel strongly about animals and conservation, and would like to put your passion to work, we have an opportunity for you!



Youth Development Programs

High School Summer Camp Internship program:

Our career internship program is one of the many ways Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo demonstrates a commitment to its mission of conservation, education, science and recreation. Through our internships, we provide practical, high-quality experiences that help you achieve your academic development experiences appropriate for youth. Summer Camp Internship program is for students 15 and older the opportunity to earn service hours by assisting with conservation summer camps.

If you are interested in being considered for our Summer Camp Internship program, please click here and fill out the contact Summer Camp Intern Application. Application will be posted on this link by March 4, 2015 Click Here

After completing online application; download Letter of Recommendations (Click here to download form). Letter of Recommendations must be returned by April 2, 2015

Deadline to Apply: April 2, 2015

Contingent Offer will be extended by May 1, 2015. Additional Information that includes three screening clearances must be received by June 1, 2015

Summer Camp Internship Review Process and Criteria:

All Internship Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Previous Years Participation
40 points possible
Two Teacher Recommendations
30 points possible
Intern availability for at least 3 weeks during June August 2015
30 points possible
100 points possible

Acceptance into the program is contingent upon:

  • Level 2 screening results- Results are valid for 5 years from the date of the date of Level 2
  • Local Background Check
  • Notarized Affidavit of Good Moral Character

Expenses associated with screening are accrued by Intern

Minimum of 3 full weeks of Summer Camp availability to be considered.


Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is dedicated to serving as an educational resource for the community. We receive many requests from students of all ages who are seeking to pursue projects or homework assignments at the Zoo, and we greatly appreciate the interest. There are many ways to learn more about the Zoo’s commitment to conservation, education and research.

If you are seeking help with an assignment, please click here.


Special Event Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to help staff our special and fundraising events at the Zoo. If your business would like a great way to get your employees involved, volunteering at the zoo's fundraising events could be the answer! Students - our month-long Wild Wonderland and Zoo Boo events are a great way to earn your required service hours! Special "scare actor" positions are available during Halloween! Special event volunteers for Zoo Boo and Wild Wonderland work the entire shift of the event. No long term commitment or experience necessary. You may sign up as a group or individually.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • All volunteers must be a minimum of 15 years of age.
  • All volunteers must be reliable, hard working and possess strong leadership skills.
  • All volunteers must complete an Individual Volunteer Application.
  • All volunteers must complete a Release of Liability.
  • Zoo Boo and Wild Wonderland volunteers must work the entire shift.

Special Event Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Zoofari – food festival (corporate and group contacts only)
  • WaZoo – beer festival (volunteers 21 and over only, corporate and group contacts only)
  • Wild at Heart – multi-night Valentine’s Dinner
  • Karamu – black tie dinner
  • Zoo Zoom and Zoo Run Run – 5K runs inside the Zoo
  • Golf Tournament
  • ZooBoo- month long, seasonal Halloween event with various fun volunteer positions available (Teen and Adult volunteers)
  • Wild Wonderland - month long, seasonal Holiday event
    (Teen and Adult volunteers)
  • Others as they arise!

Special Event Volunteer Benefits:

  • An opportunity to become a part of wildlife conservation and education in your community
  • The chance to meet people and share the excitement of the Zoo
  • Recognition
  • An opportunity to make network and spend time in one of the "top ten" Zoos in the United States

Forms for Special Event Volunteers:

If you need additional information or to submit your forms, please e-mail or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 296.


Group Volunteer Opportunities
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo welcomes groups of volunteers to assist in one-time projects around the Zoo grounds. Activities might include planting, weeding, spreading mulch, painting, and other “Zoo beautification” projects. Groups may also volunteer at some of the Zoo’s special events. Scout troops, sororities and fraternities, youth groups and other community groups are accepted for volunteer work day projects, depending on the group’s availability and the Zoo’s needs. Projects may be scheduled for any day of the week, and must consist of a minimum of four hours work. Volunteers are encouraged to stay and enjoy the Zoo when the work is done.

Group projects are scheduled at least 30 days in advance. To request a date and time for your group, fill out our online application and e-mail our Volunteer Manager or contact her via phone at (813) 935-8552
ext. 296

Corporate Volunteer Program
Corporations play a special role by bringing groups of employee volunteers together, often for specific projects on either an ongoing, periodic, or one-time basis. These projects not only provide an invaluable service to the Zoo, but also afford a wonderful opportunity for employees to spend quality time together outside the workplace. If your company would like to become involved at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, we can tailor a program of activities that is just right for you and your employees. There are an unlimited number of possibilities, but the sample programs which follow offer some ideas to get you going.

 Adopt a Project
You can work with Zoo professionals to determine a specific activity that your corporation can make your own – for example, a children’s educational program or activity, the promotion and beautification of a particular animal exhibit, or providing guides for traveling exhibits – with a schedule that fits your needs as well as those of the Zoo.

Hold a Corporate Zoo Day
Bring the whole gang together for a one-time “Zoo Beautification.” Enjoy a fun day of teamwork and camaraderie in a tranquil setting.

Link Your Corporate Donations to Your Community Service
If you are interested in making a corporation donation to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, you may want to consider linking your funds to your employees’ volunteer service – donating a specific amount for every hour volunteered.

Group and Corporate Daily Volunteer Requirements:

  • All volunteers must be a minimum of 15 years of age.
  • All volunteers must be reliable, hard working and possess strong leadership skills.
  • All volunteers must complete an Individual Volunteer Application
  • All volunteers must complete a Release of Liability.

Group and Corporate Daily Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Stingray exhibit
  • Recycling and eco-conservation projects.
  • Beautification projects within Zoo grounds.
  • Other special projects that we can customize for your group (based on availability and current Zoo needs).

Group and Corporate Daily Volunteer Benefits:

  • An opportunity to become a part of wildlife conservation and education in your community
  • The chance to meet people and share the excitement of the Zoo
  • Recognition
  • An opportunity to network and spend time in the #1 Zoo in the USA

Forms for Daily Volunteers:

  1. Individual Volunteer Application (PDF)
  2. Release of Liability (PDF)

If you need additional information or to submit your forms, please e-mail or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 296.


Adult Volunteers – Administration & Operations Departments
Are you interested in contributing your time and talents to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo? We are currently accepting volunteers in our Administration, Education and Operations Department.

Adult Volunteers in these departments contribute time to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and assist with an area of their choice such as, data entry, administrative projects, greeting our guests or assisting at our rides, assisting with children’s crafts and other projects in our Education Department and more. Join our team of professionals today!

The Recycling Program is also a great option for active adults who are interested in assisting the Zoo with our goal of being a role-model in the community for our environmentally-conscious decisions. This program is fully supported by volunteers! Join our “Green Team” today!

Our Adult Volunteer Program option is perfect for those who are seeking to gain experience in a chosen department, provide vital support to a department within the Zoo and to make new friends.
Educate our guests at the Stingray Bay deck. Demonstrate proper feeding techniques and safety points. Training provided. Requires a 6 month commitment.

Interested in volunteering for WaZoo or Zoofari?

Please e-mail or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 296. Restrictions apply.

Docent Program

Docent the Latin term for "teacher," is the title given to specially trained educational volunteers in zoos, aquariums, and museums. Those accepted into the Docent program will receive training on public speaking, conservation, Zoo history and operations, animal care, taxonomy and behavior in a 10-week course.

Tolson's Barbeque

Docent Requirements:

  • All Docents must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Successfully complete an interview with one of our Docents.
  • Annual class is limited to 20 candidates.
  • All Docents must be reliable, hardworking and possess strong leadership skills.
  • All Docents must complete an Docent Adult Volunteer Application (below) with $105 check made payable to "Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo" that covers screening, docent polo, name badge, training materials and one year of Docent annual dues.
  • Attend all ten weeks of docent training (70 hours). Training is held twice a week on one day from 6-8:30pm (Thursday) and one day on the weekend from 9am-4pm (Saturday). Training will be on Zoo history, animals, conservation and ecology issues.
  • Annually commit to 96 hours of educational volunteering.
  • Annual Docent Organization dues ($15).
  • Attend monthly Docent meetings on the 3rd Wednesday evening from 6:30-8 pm.
  • 2015 class dates are being finalized but will start in September 2015.
  • Prospective Docent phone interviews will take place in July. Confirmation on your participation will take place August.

If you are interested in being considered for our class that starts September 2015 please click here and fill out the contact information form.

If you need additional information, please e-mail or contact
(813) 935-8552 ext. 209.

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