Volunteer Opportunities

CALM is always in need of volunteers in areas of individual interest and facility needs. CALM volunteers perform daily routine chores, which enable staff to complete more complex tasks or projects. CALM volunteers may assist animal keepers, assist the maintenance staff or educate the visiting public. Group volunteer events are also available.

All volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty; preferably jeans and sneakers. Volunteers under 15 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.

Animal Keeper Assistant: Animal keeper volunteers will work side by side with animal keeper staff performing daily cleaning and animal care duties. Working with these animals, will show your reliability and responsibility in the care for all animals within the zoo. Minimum time requirement: 2 hours. Minimum age requirement: 13 years old with an adult.
To schedule a time to volunteer, please call 872-2256

Docent: The word “docent” (doe-cent) comes from the Latin meaning to teach. Docents are volunteer “teachers” who educate school children and general visitors about California wildlife and their habitats. Completion of the training class is necessary. The training class meets on a weekly basis for 3 months. To see if you are interested in learning and presenting what you learn, schedule a time to come observe some of our educational programs. Minimum time requirement: 4 hours per month for and 1 year after training. Minimum age requirement: 18 years old. Contact Don Richardson at 872-2428

Eagle Scout Projects:
Eagle Scout projects are always needed at CALM. Scouts help beautify the zoo and earn their title while providing a valued service.
Contact Don Richardson at 872-2428

Maintenance Assistant: Volunteers assist our grounds, maintenance, and custodial staff in a wide variety of jobs. Planned jobs (construction or general repairs) may need to be put off due to daily emergencies (broken water lines). No skills are required, but a willingness to work hard and be flexible is a must. Minimum age requirement: 16 years old. To schedule a time to volunteer, please call 872-2256

Special Events: Volunteers are needed for special events including our Spring Fling, CALM’s Birthday Bash, Ice Cream Zoofari, Boo at the Zoo and HolidayLights at CALM (just to name a few). Contact Lana Fain at 871-1822

Download the CALM Volunteer Application
Note: Bring the completed form to the CALM gift store on the day of volunteering.

Download the Group Volunteer Application
Note: Bring the completed form to the CALM gift store on the day of volunteering.

Download the Wildlife Rehab Volunteer Application
Note: All Rehab volunteer applications must be submitted by Feb. 4, 2015. 

All volunteers must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty; preferably jeans and sneakers. Volunteers under 15 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult.

For additional information, please call 872-2256

CALM is proud of the community support we receive through volunteers.