Get involved at the Zoo by participating in one of our ongoing volunteer programs! Our program participants enjoy fun, educational, and rewarding experiences that enhance the Sequoia Park Zoo for animals and humans alike. Check out some of our exciting programs listed below.

New to volunteering at the zoo? Read through our volunteer programs below and email to get the ball rolling!

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Engage by working behind the scenes to learn more about the animals while assisting Zookeepers with animal care tasks. This is a great opportunity for volunteers that are interested in pursuing a career in Zoo Keeping and learning more about the animals here at the Zoo!

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 12 hours per month
  • Must be able to be able to lift 25lbs, walk on uneven surfaces, tolerate inclement weather and wet/muddy/slippery conditions
  • Show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and follow any mask requirements
  • Take mandatory Harassment training required by the City of Eureka (1 hour webinar)
  • Take a Zoonotics disease training (1 hour webinar)
  • Work safely independently, stay on task, and follow detailed directions
  • Follow all City of Eureka and Sequoia Park Zoo policies and procedures
  • Must commit to volunteering for 1 special event per year
  • Must complete background check, TB test, and attend orientation

Click HERE to submit an application to become an Animal Care Volunteer!

Youth Assistant Keepers (YAK)

If you are aged 11 to 15 and want to help out at the Sequoia Park Zoo, here’s your chance. The YAK program offers you the opportunity to help care for the zoo’s domestic and wild animals. Learn about animal care, enrichment, and training with animal care professionals in a team-centered environment.  To join the team, register online by clicking HERE.  Limited scholarships are available for the summer sessions; please download the application form HERE.

  • Must be between 11-15 years old
  • Must have a passion for working with zoo animals, especially in the Barnyard
  • Must submit program registration fee ($60 per program.)
  • Must be able to work as part of a team and independently while under adult supervision
  • Must sign a contract committing to follow directions with a positive attitude
  • Fall, Winter & Spring Sessions each run for 8 weeks on SATURDAYS ONLY
  • Summer Session runs for 8 weeks, Monday through Friday (pick ONE day)

Zoo Interpreter Program (ZIP)

Share your passion for the Zoo and inspire future conservationist by connecting guests to wildlife through hands on learning experiences at one of three discovery cart stations.  ZIP volunteers have the opportunity to interact with visitors from all over the world and educate them about our animals, their habitats, and our conservation efforts. Please review the requirements and if interested, click HERE to submit an application.

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 4 hours per month
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering for 1 special event per year
  • Must complete background check and attend orientation

Zoo Crew

Handy with a hammer? Love to garden? Then get your work gloves on and sign up for our Zoo Crew volunteer program! This program is designed for volunteers who want to use their skills to complete projects to enhance the Zoo throughout the year. Simply click HERE to submit an application to become an member of the Zoo Crew!

Community Service Volunteers

Looking to complete community service hours and want to make an impact here at the Zoo? Now you can with our Community Service Volunteer program. We cater to your interests and skill set to develop a project that fits your volunteer needs. Individuals or groups looking to participate can email the Zoo Director, Gretchen Ziegler at

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We have several special events throughout the year and are always looking for individuals and groups to help with preparations, day of activities, and clean up. Check out our Sequoia Park Zoo Calendar for more information about upcoming Zoo events, contact the Director of Marketing & Events for details at 707-442-5649 ext. 203 or email

Internship Opportunities

Our Unpaid Zoo Internship is designed to provide students who are considering a career in a zoo or animal-related profession with the broadest possible exposure to modern accredited zoo operation and management that Sequoia Park Zoo can offer. Internships are granted through an application and interview process and are prioritized based on staff availability and applicant aptitude/interest and schedule. Internships should be completed within 8 months, and are generally offered during spring semester and summer break, or summer break and fall semester, when the intern can work 30 – 40 hours per week for at least a 3 month period. Exceptions can be considered. Internships are limited to 2-4 individuals at a time. Internship requires 500+ hours of work at the zoo.

Intern candidates must fill out the application, provide letters of professional reference and complete a successful interview for consideration. Interns must be enrolled or graduated from a college or university and have completed at least one year of relevant course work. Interns must be able to meet the physical job requirements of a Zookeeper, and be willing to work weekends, holidays, and in all weather conditions.

Satisfactory completion of the internship program requires interns to complete all shifts & tasks within each of the following job categories:

  • Animal Collections & Zoo Management
  • Animal Care Oversight & Vet Program
  • Animal Keeper Daily Care Routines: Side 1, Side 2, Side 3, Keeper Aide
  • Education Program
  • Operations
  • Membership, Development & Guest Services