ABOUT VOLUNTEERING: If you think our animals are special, wait until you meet our volunteers! Every year, hundreds of volunteers give their time, energy, and enthusiasm to help us accomplish the important work of conserving wildlife and wild places. Volunteers can be found throughout the Zoo, behind the scenes and with our visitors. Whether you’re looking for a day of meaningful service or a lifetime relationship, you can be an important part of our family! The vast majority of our adult volunteers work directly as educators, greeters, animal contact aides, and more. Selection and training for these positions takes place only in late winter and early spring, in order to get our new classes ready in time for the rush of seasonal visitors. Other positions have deadlines as well, based on school calendars, Zoo needs, or other factors. Please check the opportunity directory for your preferred assignment, or contact us for information about when we might be adding new volunteers in a specific program. Please note: We do not arrange job shadows. Also, The Maryland Zoo does not offer court-ordered community service.