In the Volunteer section:
Volunteer at a Special Event!
(All applicants must be at least 14 years of age)
Each year for ZooRun the Birmingham Zoo asks for volunteers to help make this a fun and exciting event. This year’s event is expected to draw in close to 1,000 runners for the 5K and the Fun Run (for kids). Each year, the money raised during the event goes towards a special conservation cause. The money raised at this year’s event will go towards painted dog conservation.
Volunteers will be assisting with everything from check-in, to water stops, to the finish line, and much more! This is a very large event, and we have lots for you to do.
Please click this link to sign up as a ZooRun Volunteer! Thank you for your support!
Check-in/out – All individuals must volunteer from 6:30-11:00am
Volunteers will check in and out at the front gate (walk-in entrance) to the Zoo. We ask that all volunteers arrive by 6:30am so that they may sign in and be assigned their first station for the morning, and that you continue volunteering until 11:00am. No split shifts, shifts that begin after 6:30am, or shifts that end before 11:00am will be accepted. There will be a sign in sheet and a volunteer manager who will make assignments and check on volunteers throughout the morning.
ZooRun is an outdoor event. Please dress accordingly based on the weather forecast for the morning. Clothing may not: reveal too much skin; have inappropriate language , logos, symbols, or acronyms on it. If a volunteer’s clothing is deemed inappropriate by Zoo staff, that individual will not be allowed to continue volunteer at the event. If you have questions about ZooRun operations, please call 879-0409 to inquire about the status of the event.
Inappropriate volunteer behavior may result in the dismissal or banning of that volunteer from volunteering at the Zoo. Volunteers are: to perform assigned tasks only; not allowed to partake in any rides or attractions unless instructed otherwise by the volunteer manager; expected to use good judgment. In the event of inclement weather, please call 205-879-0409.
Proof of Hours: If you need proof of your hours, please bring a sheet with you for Zoo staff to complete or ask for one of the forms that we keep on hand. We will not provide you with proof of your hours after you leave grounds.
Once you complete the online form, you will receive an email with further instructions.
Volunteer signup slots will fill up quickly. Sign up soon!
Office (205) 879-0409 Ext. 278
For groups of 10 or more, please call 205-879-0409 to sign-up as a volunteer group.