Animal Nutrition Volunteer


Animal Nutrition Volunteer 


This volunteer position is responsible for assisting commissary staff in providing for the dietary health of the animal collection. Duties include, but are not limited to: diet preparation, cleaning dishes, and maintaining a safe and sanitary work space. Reading, studying, and learning about the nutritional needs of the species housed at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is required for this position. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are essential in order to communicate effectively with management, keepers, commissary staff, and fellow volunteers.    


  • Daily preparation of all animal diets which includes fruits and vegetables, grains, dry food, hay, insects, and raw meat.
  • Assist with unloading of all deliveries.
  • Maintain clean, orderly work spaces both within the animal commissary and outside food storage areas.
  • Rotate food supplies, removing outdated or spoiled product.
  • Understand proper use of cleaning solutions.
  • Conduct educational or VIP tours of the animal commissary as needed.
  • Knowledge of safety protocols, safety concerns, and reporting protocols.
  • Observe safety policies and procedures in regards to the use of the Zoo’s equipment, materials, chemicals, and vehicles.
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Work is performed under the direction of the Animal Nutrition Manager and General Curator. Additional guidance and supervision is given by the Volunteer Coordinator.    

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.           

  • Minimum 18 years old.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to do basic math and use a scale to weigh food items in pounds or kilograms.
  • Must be self-motivated and goal-oriented.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are essential.  

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent.       

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following have been identified as physical requirements of the job: 

  • The volunteer may be asked to lift and/or move 25-50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 70 pounds, and stand for long periods of time. The volunteer is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The volunteer is frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, and crouch.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  While performing the duties of this job, the volunteer is regularly required to talk or hear. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    

A small percentage of duties are performed outdoors in various weather conditions, ranging from rain, wind, cool to cold weather, and extreme heat and humidity. It is possible the volunteer will be exposed to dust and harsh chemicals that if not handled properly may present a health hazard. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Animal Nutrition Department at the Zoo. This volunteer opportunity is currently full.

Be sure to check out the many other volunteer opportunities at the Zoo!  

For more information please contact the Volunteer Office at 407.323.4450 ext. 127 or email