The generosity of a twelve-year-old boy who donated his pets is what started the Pocatello Zoo back in 1932. With the help of some volunteers, John Marshall’s monkey and raccoon brought the crowds in and helped build the zoo’s foundation. Today, the Pocatello Zoo has some 40 animals to species of animals to care for and just like in the old days, they still need volunteers to help with the work.
Every major zoo in the country has room for some volunteers. The Pocatello Zoo is no exception. They refer to their volunteers as Zoo Trackers. Currently, there are some openings for and Education/Interpretation Tracker, a Volunteer Zookeeper, and they could use some help in area of grounds, maintenance, and construction.
The job duties are specific to each area and zoo officials say it’s a great way to gain life experience while making some new friends.
There is a $60 training fee for the program which helps off-set the cost of training, uniforms and a background check. But if you enjoy helping animals and are chosen for the program, you could actually end up saving some money.
Volunteers need to be able to commit to 60 hours of helping during the spring or summer. They’ll have more information about this during the volunteer information day.
The Pocatello Zoo Information Day is being held on March 9 in the zoo administration building from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM (noon). This volunteer workshop is for adults only. A youth workshop for ages 14-17 will be held on May 4.