PLEASE NOTE:  There are currently no available openings for Zookeeper Aide Volunteers.  We will update this page when we have openings available.

Click Here for Volunteer Application – We appreciate hard-working volunteers who enjoy contributing to the Zoo’s many projects.

The Friends Board of Directors

Do you want to help grow the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary?

The Board of Directors volunteer their time and are active in sponsoring Friends core programs and committees to support the needs of the animals for the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. Volunteers to assist the Friends are always welcome!

We are always on the lookout for passionate individuals with skills in any of the following areas:

  • Fund Development
  • Accounting
  • Web Development (WP)
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Communications
  • Event planning

Should you have any questions about the Friends Board of Directors or would like to volunteer to assist us, please contact us via email at or call (916) 226-5445.

Docent Program

Do you enjoy working with children?

Do you enjoy working with children and animals, want to make a difference, and have fun doing it? If you answered “Yes!”, then consider joining the Docent team. We are training new Docents to host school tours, assist with events, and help with other ongoing zoo activities. At the conclusion of the training, there will be qualifying exams.

Applicant should enjoy interaction with the public and learning about the animals living at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. You will receive training from Docents and Zoo Staff to assist with educating the public in the form of zoo tours.  You will also have the option to participate in outreach presentations, classes and events, and serve as a Helpful Answer Person.  Ages 21+

Basic Docent Requirements

  • Have an active interest in animals and people
  • Complete docent training course
  • Pass background security check
  • Complete Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary Volunteer Application

Docent training occurs annually,  Contact (916) 351-3513 or for more information.

More Volunteer Opportunities

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary volunteer program is open to qualified candidates with a minimum age of 16 years or older. There are volunteer opportunities available in the area of zookeeping, groundskeeping, and working in our gift shop.

The Zoo Sanctuary has several camp opportunities available for youth beginning with our ABC Zoo Camp (ages 4-7), Junior Zookeeping (ages 8-11), and Senior Zookeeping, (ages 12-15). These camps, especially the zookeeping for the older youth, offer an important insight to the work of a zookeeper allowing the 16 year old to make an informed decision regarding volunteering to work with our zoo keepers.

Prior to starting please submit the following items. If you do not have these items ready your application will be delayed as you cannot volunteer without them.

  • A completed application
  • Proof of a tetanus vaccination within the past 10 years.  If you do not receive vaccines due to health or other reasons, please submit a letter stating that information.
  • A copy of a TB skin test showing a negative response, performed within 6 months of your start date.
  • A letter of Intent (a short one paragraph letter that tells us why you want to volunteer at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary)
  • A letter of recommendation from someone who has known you at least 5 years.
  • brief resume listing previous employment history and skills acquired.  (e.g.: office skills, web design, any animal related experience, maintenance and horticultural skills etc.)
  • Please note that after being accepted to the program there is a $20.00 fee payable to The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary to help contribute towards a volunteer tee shirt, a name tag, manual and training. (Scholarships are available to help with part or all of this cost if needed).
  • Before your first day of volunteer service Live Scan Fingerprints and Results are required.  You will receive the documents and instructions at the time you are accepted into the program.

Please consider before applying whether you are able to commit to at least 12 to 16 hours per month with a 12 month commitment.   This is the absolute minimum requirement, and allows staff the time to train you so you are able to work around our animal exhibits.  Internships, Community Service and School Programs will be considered on a case by case basis and as staffing allows.

Please also note that volunteers will work primarily with Zookeepers, but will be working independently at times.  Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn about the individual animals, behaviors and training techniques while working at the zoo.

Please be aware that zoo keeping is a very labor intensive job and will involve raking grounds, hosing, lifting up to 50lbs and although it is not common there is always the potential to be exposed to zoonotic diseases when you work with animals.  You will be required to work in all weather conditions, and when you sign up to volunteer on the calendar you will be expected to be on time and ready to work!  If you are unable to work on a day when you have signed up to come in, you must call the main zoo number at 916-351-3527 before your start time to let keepers know.  If you are consistently absent you will be dropped from the program.  If you think that this program will be too intense, we do have a Horticultural, Grounds, Gift Shop and Docent Volunteer Programs that are less labor intensive.

Normal work hours at the zoo begin at 8am until 4.30pm.  Volunteer shifts are from 8:30am – 12:30pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm. We limit our volunteers to only 6 people per day maximum, so early sign up is encouraged.  (Summer hours 7:00am – 3:30pm begin June 1st – August 31st and volunteers may start their shift at 7.30am or 1:00pm or remain on the 8:30am or 1:30pm schedule.

All completed applications or questions should be sent to Jill Lute-Faust (

If your company would like to fulfill some community service hours, we can arrange, by appointment, a work day for your business.  Projects may include weeding an exhibit, planting trees and shrubs throughout the zoo, helping move and tidy equipment, raking and hosing grounds, staining fences and gates, painting out buildings, and a wealth of other jobs that will keep your group busy for as long as you want! We can schedule your work day for a few hours on one day, up to several full days per work project. We can normally work within your time frame and other commitments. Ages 16+

For further information or questions contact Jill Lute-Faust (

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is looking for volunteers (minimum of age 18) to staff the zoo’s gift shop. The quaint shop sells a variety of clothing, books and toys, and all proceeds benefit the Zoo Sanctuary. If you enjoy meeting new people and talking with the public, this could be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! The position requires experience using computers and handling retail transactions. Winter operating hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For a complete job description and more information, contact Guy Easterling at

Work with other volunteers to help maintain and beautify the Zoo’s gardens.  Schedules can be flexible,  but we do require a commitment of 8 hours/month.  Please contact Jill Lute for more information via email at or fill out an application form and mark it Horticultural Volunteer. Ages 18+

If you like to keep things tidy, clean and enjoy working outside around wildlife then this is the volunteer position for you!  The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary needs reliable volunteers to work from 8am – 10am (7am – 9am summer hours) any day of the week/weekend hosing and raking the public grounds throughout the zoo.  Please let us know if you are interested and your availability.    Contact Jill Lute ( or fill out an application form and mark it Grounds Keeper Volunteer.  Ages 16+

Work at the zoo to fulfill your Regional Occupational Program (ROP) requirements.  Please contact Jill Lute ( for more information.

Please follow the link for information about the Eagle Scout Program offered by the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.  Projects will be taken on a case by case basis.  Contact Jill Lute at