Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Wonder Gardens!  Please complete this application form in its entirety, then click the Continue button at the bottom.  In-person interviews are required and are held the third Thursday of each month.  Once approved, you must attend an orientation class in order to start volunteering.  Orientation classes are held the first Thursday of the month. If you have any questions please reach out to Jessi Drummond, our Education & Volunteer Manager, at

Applicant Information

Emergency Contact Information

In case of an emergency, whom should we contact?


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.

Assignment Preferences

Please indicate the areas where you would like to volunteer.

Skills & Experience

Please provide a description of any experience or special skills you possess that may be applicable to your duties as a volunteer at Wonder Gardens.

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Why do you want to volunteer at the Wonder Gardens?

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Volunteer Certification and Agreement

In consideration for being accepted as a volunteer by Bonita Wonder Gardens, I agree as follows: 

1. At Will Relationship: Even though I have made a commitment to serve as a volunteer, I understand that my volunteer status may be terminated at any time by me or Bonita Wonder Gardens for any reason, with or without cause. I further understand that no oral promise, Bonita Wonder Gardens policy or memo, custom, business practice, or other procedure constitutes an employment contract or modification of the at-will relationship between me and Bonita Wonder Garden. 

2. No Employee Benefits: I shall not be considered an employee for any purpose, and no health, accident, or Workers’ Compensation insurance, nor any other type of employee benefits, shall be provided for me by Bonita Wonder Gardens. 

3. Training: I understand that certain volunteer activities require special training. I shall not undertake such activities without the required training. I agree to advise the Bonita Wonder Gardens in writing of any physical limitations which could affect or be affected by any volunteer activities I assume. I understand it is my responsibility to provide this information and I release the Bonita Wonder Gardens. from any liability for injuries or illnesses which result from my failure to advise the Bonita Wonder Gardens in writing of any such limitations. 

4. Auto Insurance: I shall not operate a personal automobile for preceptor activities unless I have personal insurance limits of $100,000 for bodily injury and property damage. Valid proof of insurance must be supplied to The Company upon request. 

5. Confidential Information: I understand that information obtained through my work as a volunteer may be considered privileged or proprietary information of Bonita Wonder Gardens. I agree to keep all such information confidential except to the extent disclosure of such information is expressly authorized and directed by an official of Bonita Wonder Gardens. In particular, I agree to make no statements or release any information about the gardens to any news media except as expressly authorized by Bonita Wonder Gardens. officials. 

6. Assumption of Risk: I understand that no contact with any animal is allowed unless I have been trained and approved to work with it. I will never approach an animal or an animal’s enclosure or island. I understand that every animal is capable of inflicting harm or death and I will respect that ability. I am also aware of the inherent risk working in the Zoological environment including being in proximity to exotic animals and assume full responsibility for my actions should I ever fail to remember or choose to disregard the terms of this agreement. At any such time that I am in violation of this agreement I may be immediately removed from volunteer work at Bonita Wonder Gardens. 

7. Photo Release Form: I grant Bonita Wonder Gardens. permission to use any or all portions of film, videotape, and/or photography shot at Bonita Wonder Gardens., at off-site locations where Bonita Wonder Gardens. representatives are acting, or on locations when I am acting on behalf of Bonita Wonder Gardens.  for purposes of education and/or commercial use as they see fit, without compensation to my family or me. You, for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators, hereby release and forever discharge Bonita Wonder Gardens from all rights, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever in connection with the use or publication of said material, including the use of your name. This grant is made to Bonita Wonder Gardens. and its advertising and public relations department, and agencies, photographers, publishers, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives, and their successors and assignees. 

8. Release from Liability and Indemnification: I hereby release Bonita Wonder Gardens., and its respective agents, representatives, officers, employees, and volunteers from any and all liability whatsoever arising out of any damage, loss or injury to me or my property incurred as the result of my volunteer activities. My estate shall hold harmless Bonita Wonder Gardens. and its respective agents, representatives, officers, employees and volunteers from any claims or actions by my relatives or legal representatives based on my death or injury as a result of my volunteer actions. I agree to indemnify the Bonita Wonder Gardens. for any injury caused by or arising from or in connection with my conduct or any act, omission or negligence of myself causing an accident, injury or damage to a third party or any other person while acting as a volunteer at the Bonita Wonder Gardens.. 

I certify that to the best of my knowledge, all of the information I am providing to Bonita Wonder Gardens. is true and complete. I understand that any misrepresentation, falsification, or willful omission may result in a refusal of volunteer service or dismissal from volunteer service. I understand that a routine inquiry may be made during the processing of this information. I hereby authorize investigation of all statements in this application and request any company, institution, or persons contacted as part of this investigation to provide any and all pertinent information. I confirm that I am in good health and capable of the service that I am volunteering. I understand that Bonita Wonder Gardens.  may terminate my volunteer service at any time. I understand that Bonita Wonder Gardens. is an equal opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace. The names and personal information recorded on this form are subject to public disclosure.