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Rainforest Rangers

Rainforest Rangers help protect the animals that roam around freely in our Rainforest exhibit while answering questions and giving mini tours to enhance guests experiences. You’ll be surrounded by sloths, monkeys, poison dart frogs, bats, and more! Once you’ve attended one hour-and-half long training, you’re free to volunteer as often as you would like. The minimum requirement is 4 hours per month. The Rainforest is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day and volunteer shifts are typically 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

What are the benefits of being a Rainforest Ranger?

The benefits are many and the rewards are great! As a Rainforest Ranger, you have the opportunity to be a part of a WILDLY fun organization that appreciates and respects its volunteers. Additional benefits include:

  • Membership

    Volunteers receive a free associate level membership upon joining that allows you plus one guest to visit the zoo for free anytime you like. You may upgrade to a higher membership and receive a $55 discount at anytime. If you complete 50 volunteer hours during the year, you will continue to receive the associate level membership for free each year. Also, upon renewal, you will receive 10 free passes to hand out to friends and family.

  • Food

    Volunteers receive a 50 percent discount on all food and drink concessions when on duty. This discount is not available at concession carts such as Dippin’ Dots. You may also receive soda and coffee for 25 cents if you supply your own cup.

  • Gift Shop

    Volunteers receive a 20 percent discount on merchandise in the zoo gift shops.

  • Parking

    Volunteers receive free parking and access to the zoo’s service entrance when on duty.

  • Train

    Volunteers receive free train rides while on duty. Must be wearing uniform and nametag.

  • Education Library

    Volunteers are welcome to access our Zoo’s Education Library.

  • Annual Awards & ¬†Appreciation

    Volunteers are recognized formally and informally throughout the year. All active volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Breakfast in the spring, National Volunteer Appreciation Week events in April, and the volunteer Appreciation Dinner in November. At this event, volunteers are recognized for milestone service anniversaries such as 5 years, 10 years, etc. and for service above and beyond their job descriptions. Awards and volunteer appreciation event are subject to change.

  • Volunteer Information Center (VIC Net)

    As a volunteer, you are able to access VIC Net, an internet-based program where you can view upcoming events and sign up for activities. Once logged in, volunteers can read e-mail, open links to PDF documents like the Zoo Bites Newsletter, see upcoming events and view their hours to date and other information.

    VIC Net

    Your e-mail address is your user name. A password is automatically generated for you.

  • Zoo Friends Membership Newsletter

    Volunteers are required to maintain a Zoo Friends membership. As a member, you will receive the monthly email newsletter sent to all Zoo Friends. This will include upcoming events, classes and other interesting information.

Want to become a Rainforest Ranger?

  • What are the requirements to be part of the Rainforest Ranger?

    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Provide proof of a negative TB test.
    • Ability to pay $35 joining fee at time of interview, which covers your background check fee, one uniform polo shirt and permanent name tag.
    • Pass background check.
    • Sign liability release form and handbook acknowledgement form.
    • Abide by dress code and wear uniform and name tag at all times.
    • Stand (unless in wheelchair) for 4 hours in all varieties of weather.
    • Ability to work independently and follow instructions.
    • Willingness to work outdoors and perform physical activity.
    • Be physically fit (must be able to lift 30 lbs).
    • Ability to communicate to the public of all age levels.
    • Commit to a minimum of 36 volunteer hours per year.
    • Attend all mandatory training provided by the zoo.
    • Ability to communicate clearly and problem solve.
    • Maintain an active zoo membership.

  • How do I become a Rainforest Ranger?

    • Complete the volunteer application.
    • Attend volunteer meet and greet to meet with the Tulsa Zoo Volunteer Manager.
    • Pay $35 joining fee at the time of interview; this covers your background check fee, one uniform polo and permanent nametag.
    • Pass a background check.
    • Demonstrate proof of a negative TB test.

  • How do I get more information?

    Please contact our  Volunteer Supervisor, Lisa, at 918-669-6222 or