Get Involved



At CuriOdyssey, we recognize that volunteers are critical to our success. Each year, more than 150 individuals ages 13 to 90 support CuriOdyssey by volunteering. There are volunteer opportunities in many areas, including: roving wildlife interpretative guides, exhibit facilitators, summer camp volunteers, and Wildlife Department assistants.

Volunteers receive many special privileges including educational opportunities, social events with other volunteers, a quarterly newsletter specifically written for volunteers, discounted family membership rate, and the knowledge that the community benefits from each volunteer’s time.

Our goal is to provide enjoyable and rewarding experiences for all our dedicated volunteers. Every volunteer receives position-appropriate training and in most cases, is asked to make a significant commitment of time. Please see descriptions below for specific responsibilities, application periods and age requirements. If you complete our online application, you will be contacted with more information on positions which fit your stated interests and availability.

Please complete a Volunteer Application

For other volunteer inquiries, contact our Volunteer Manager Lee Cauble at or 650-340-7580.


Volunteer Positions

Exhibit Facilitators

These volunteers encourage visitors to freely explore, play, and experiment with our hands-on science exhibits, sometimes using supplemental science materials and activities. Volunteers are also trained on the functioning and maintenance of the exhibits. Trainings will be held in June.

Age: Entering 11th grade or older.

Commitment:  Seven 3-hour shifts over course of the summer. Longer commitment welcome.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application by May 1 (preferred).


Animal Welfare Intern

Description: This program offers experience monitoring wildlife and provides exposure to animal welfare, conservation and zoo careers. Specifically, the Animal Welfare Intern will observe and chart animal behavior, using a handheld Apple device. One intern per quarter. Read full description.

Age: 18+

Commitment: 12-15 hours per week for 13 weeks. Flexible start and end dates.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter and references to: Ms. Nikii Finch-Morales, Director of Wildlife, 1651 Coyote Point Drive San Mateo, CA 94401.

Aviary Aides

Description: These Wildlife Department volunteers clean the Aviary walkways before we open, and then greet and engage visitors to help them learn more about the birds and turtles who make this beautiful Aviary their home.

Age: 18+

Commitment: 9am-1pm on same day of the week for at least 3 months.

To Apply: No current openings. You may submit a CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application to be considered if an opening arises.

Wildlife Aides

Description: Supervised by our professional keepers, Wildlife Aides primarily assist with habitat cleaning and animal diet preparation. May also become involved with animal enrichment and animal handling.

Age: 18+

Commitment:  9am-1pm on same day of week for at least 6 months (longer preferred).

To Apply: No current openings. You may submit a CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application to be considered if an opening arises.

Wildlife Docents

Description: Docents engage visitors to the Wildlife Habitats and help them observe and learn more about animals and the natural world. Visitors during docent shifts are primarily young children with caregivers and elementary school classes. Docents can also be trained to handle and show some of our education animals. Annual training series held in September and early October.

Age: 18+

Commitment: Two regularly scheduled 2-hour shifts (10am-12pm on Tuesdays-Fridays) per month for at least one year.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application.

Weekend Interpretive Guides (TWIGs)

Description: TWIGs create fun and memorable visitor experiences by providing animal presentations and serving as roving guides in the Wildlife Habitats. Teens can volunteer and train to handle animals when partnered with a parent. TWIGs also help during special weekend events. Annual training series held in September and early October.

Age: 18+ (or 13-17 if partnered with parent)

Commitment: Two 2-hour shifts on weekend days or Monday holidays, scheduled on a flexible basis.

To Apply: Complete standard CuriOdyssey Volunteer Application.

Animal Care Internship

Description: Two 26 week (6-month) part time volunteer internships 24 hours (3-days) per week. CuriOdyssey is looking for interns who can maintain a high level of personal motivation and a positive attitude by demonstrating their enthusiasm and high energy for each project they take on. This program offers practical, on-the-job experience working with invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, and provides exposure to zoo careers. Read full description.

Age: 18

Commitment: Three 8-hour days per week for 6 months.

To Apply: Next application period likely to begin in September 2015.

Keeper in Training

Description: The KIT program is designed to expose youth to animals and a possible career working with animals. This is a volunteer program under the supervision of the Wildlife Department. KITs assist the professional keepers with cleaning and diet preparation, as well as the interpretation of animals and biofact display tables with the public. See the Keeper In Training job description.

Age: 13-17 years old

To Apply: No current openings.

Leaders in Training

Description: Leaders In Training provide major assistance during our summer science day camp by facilitating activities, supervising campers, and helping prepare camp materials. This volunteer experience gives LITs the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their
leadership abilities, responsibility, independent decision-making, public speaking skills, and scientific knowledge. Selected participants must enroll in a week-long leadership training camp June 15-19 ($275 fee applies) and commit to a minimum of 80 hours of practical volunteer experience between June 22 and August 21, plus an additional 8 volunteer hours during the school year at special events.

Age: The majority of first year LITs are typically entering 7th-9th grade. Students entering 10th-12th grade are welcome to apply.

Commitment: Enrollment in a week-long leadership development camp, plus 80 hours of volunteer service during summer camp, plus 8 hours of volunteer service at special events during the school year.

To Apply: Next application period will begin in February 2016.