ASHEBORO, NC – In 2016, experience the North Carolina Zoo in a way like never before, volunteer. Zoo volunteers get to witness magical moments every day at the Zoo such as watching a child come face to face with a chimpanzee for the first time, or hearing students in a school group giggle as they watch a polar bear splash into water. 

With a new year upon us, the Zoo is kicking off its annual volunteer recruitment campaign with orientations beginning Sat, Jan. 23. Volunteers are an integral part of what makes the Zoo a wonderful place to visit. Last year, Zoo volunteers & unpaid interns served more than 40,000 hours.

There are many benefits to volunteering at the zoo, including access to behind-the-scenes tours, training, zoo discounts, meeting others who share a similar passion and earning valuable service hours for college scholarship/service-based clubs, or gaining job experience.

The typical Volunteer season is April – October, although some positions are year round. Youth may volunteer independently at age 16, and with a parent or legal guardian at age 12.

If you are looking for fun, creative and rewarding ways to give back to the community, volunteering at the zoo might be for you. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the North Carolina Zoo and to be notified of training dates, please visit and complete an online application, or contact the zoo's volunteer coordinator, Toy Lambeth, at

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Weather pending, the Zoo is open 364 days a year, closed on Christmas, offering 500 acres of exhibits with special events year round. Please visit for more information.


About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C.  Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit