Animal Encounters Programs & Husbandry
Location: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

Animal husbandry volunteers clean, feed, and care for our live animal collection. Volunteers are expected to do one shift per week on a recurring schedule for six months.

Animal Encounters volunteers help in the husbandry, maintenance, and care of our live animal collection. You will work with a variety of species including arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals. Training is provided in daily cleaning, feeding, and enrichment activities for our collection. Ability to follow instructions and communicate clearly is critical. Sharp observation skills are a must. Volunteer hours are prior to the Museum open hours. Volunteers are needed 8-10 am, 7 days a week.

If interested, you can also be trained to help with monthly Meet the Animals (MTA) program. This is an interactive, educational program with the public, using our animals as ambassadors for the Museum. Must be comfortable and confident working with all species and with public speaking. MTA volunteers must be engaging, outgoing, and cheerful with Museum guests.

Other opportunities with Animal Experience include working with our black footed ferrets.


Must be comfortable with working with animals of all species, eager to learn, and dependable. Looking for a 6 month commitment of at least one shift per week. Previous experience with animals helpful but not required. Volunteers 16 years and older may apply.


Please complete a volunteer application.

All volunteers must attend a General Orientation, offered quarterly.