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Volunteers are incredibly important for Tanganyika. Many of the activities and programs we offer simply would not be available without volunteer help. Volunteering at Tanganyika is an incredibly unique experience for teens and adults. Not many other volunteer opportunities give you the chance to spend an afternoon with kangaroos or walk a lizard on a leash! Each day is a different and exciting adventure for our volunteers! We would love to have you join our volunteer team!


Whether you want to volunteer at just one special event or help support the Park year-round, we're happy to have you!

Opportunities for Individuals

Counselor in Training Program

Our most popular volunteer program for teens, the Counselor in Training (CIT) Program is also our most competitive volunteer program. Teens age 14 to 18 are encouraged to apply and interview for a spot in the Program. Teens accepted as CITs will spend 70 hours during the summer assisting with summer camp, handling our education animals and facilitating public encounters, and hosting informal encounters at many of our animal habitats. Applications are generally available each January and are due in mid-March. The deadline for 2020 is Friday, March 13th, so contact us to apply today!


Docent Program

The Docent Program is Tanganyika's only year-round volunteer program. Docents must be at least 14 years of age to apply, attend a short interview, and an orientation class. After orientation, additional classes may be required, depending on which opportunities you choose to volunteer for.

Docents are able to follow a variety of opportunity pathways including Animal Care (open to age 18 and up), Birthday Parties, Education Programs (onsite and offsite, including field trips and our camps and classes), Encounters (including our interactive experiences), and Animal Handling. We also have opportunities for Docents to help with special events, office work, and other special projects.

We would LOVE to have you join our volunteer team! Apply today!


Please follow this link to our online application!

Opportunities for Groups

Special Events

Throughout the year, Tanganyika puts on several special events that wouldn't be possible without volunteer help. Special events like the Bunny Bonanza and Pumpkins at the Park give groups an opportunity to give back to the community together. We can accommodate groups of varying ages and sizes to help at our events. Contact us for more information!


Volunteer Workdays

While we typically reserve our regularly-scheduled Volunteer Workdays for individuals, we are able to set up volunteer workdays for groups! From Girl Scout Troops to corporate teams, we can find a good fit for almost any group! Contact us today to set up your volunteer service!


Corporate Captive Release Program

The Corporate Captive Releae Program (CCRP) was developed as a way for companies to give back to the community in a big way, to give their employees the chance to get more connected to the natural world, and to earn rewards in the process. After a short initial training seminar, volunteers from CCRP partners are scheduled for shifts at our Animal Encounters. In return, our partners receive credit they can use towards booking events at the Park. Contact us for more information!

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