Volunteer Program

Animal Ark relies on generous support of our volunteers!  Generally paid positions are filled from our volunteer base.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit and walk through the facility.  Following your visit, ask the Admissions Attendant or a Docent to speak with a Supervisor.  The Supervisor will discuss the opportunities we have, your interests, and availability of both parties.  Afternoons generally work better for this interview as Supervisors are typically busy in the mornings caring for animals and conducting education programs.

Our animals and the visiting public are very important to us. We ask that our volunteers be ready to commit time in the areas listed below. You will have fun and enjoy the reward of helping. We look forward to hearing from you; call 1-775-970-3111 or contact us for more information.

Please note, we do not provide any form of housing arrangements for our volunteers or the occasional intern.

We need help in the following areas:

Docents (16 & older)

These individuals interact with the public in a positive way, answering questions, sharing interesting Ark stories and maintaining safety protocols for both the public and the animals.

Wildlife Educator

These individuals conduct tours of the facility for school children or other groups and may visit schools during the winter months.

Facility Maintenance (15 & older )

Assist with clean-up, weed control, watering trees, painting and other general maintenance of a public facility. This may also include select construction projects.

Animal Keeper/Educator (18 & older)

This position requires a long term commitment to quality animal care. Animal Keepers must also enjoy working with people and be available to lead school age children on guided tours. (This position requires volunteering in other areas before being approved for Animal Keeper as well as regular winter-suited transportation).

Ambassador Team

Get involved in the planning of special events, fundraising, advertising, press releases, web site monitoring, design of promotional publications and community outreach such as information booths and public speaking.


Animal Ark has very few paid positions and relies on generous support of volunteers!  Generally paid positions are filled from our volunteer base. Occasionally, however, we have a pressing need and will post open positions below.

Education Manager

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references; letters of reference are welcome. Email all application materials to W. K. Baker, Executive Director at [email protected]. Job Posting can be viewed here.