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Hoots and Howls Birmingham Zoos New Daytime Volunteer Event


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It’s that time of year again! The Birmingham Zoo is looking for volunteers to make our new Halloween daytime event “Hoots and Howls”, a fun and safe event for kids and families. It takes about 15 volunteers per day to make Hoots and Howls a success! We would appreciate your help in informing eligible students, teachers, friends, family members, and others about these upcoming volunteer opportunities.


October 17-18
October 24-25
October 30-31
*Please Note: Shifts Times are: 9:30am-12:30pm & 12:00pm-3:00pm



  • Volunteers are required to wear a mask at all times during their volunteer shift
  • Guests are also required to wear a mask while on zoo grounds Social distancing will be encouraged throughout the zoo
  • Volunteers will also be given adequate safety equipment when needed (gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.)



  • Must be at least 14 years of age
  • If you are 18 or over you must be affiliated with a group, organization, business or corporation in order to be considered for this opportunity Volunteers must sign up in advance
  • All volunteers must bring a signed release form
  • Teens under the age of 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature on their form in order to volunteer
  • Must attend an orientation session on your first volunteer shift
  • All volunteers must sign in upon arrival and sign out when leaving the Zoo
  • Groups of 10 or more should call us to register


All positions are assigned the night of volunteering – some positions may include: Candy Cave volunteers, activity and game volunteers, etc.



  • Hoots and Howls is an outdoor event
  • Please keep in mind that the month of October has unpredictable weather is unpredictable
  • What is comfortable at the sign-in time may not be later in the day
  • Please think about layered clothing, hats, gloves, and scarves to keep you warm
  • Volunteers may wear festive costumes but all attire must be family-friendly and no costume masks will be allowed for volunteers
  • If you have any questions please contact the Volunteer Department before the event



  • Please do not bring anything of value to the Zoo
  • The Zoo is not responsible for any lost items
  • The Zoo does not have a place to leave cannot provide storage for purses or other items
  • If you leave your items, you will have to be responsible for any losses
  • Please eat before you come to this event, but you will be given a lunch break!


If it is raining, please call the Zoo to inquire about the status of Hoots and Howls at (205) 909-4561


Collin Howell, Volunteer Coordinator
(205) 909-4561


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We would much appreciate your help in informing eligible students, teachers, friends, family members and others about these upcoming volunteer opportunities.