1504 Miehls Dr. Carlsbad, NM

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens could not do the many events and activities it does without the help of volunteers. 

Become a Volunteer
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park depends on volunteers to assist the Zoo in numerous ways. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours each year. The volunteers are recognized each year at a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.are recognized each year at a Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.


​​Volunteer opportunities include:

Front desk - greet visitors and collect Zoo fee

Help maintain the plants of the Zoo.

If you have special interest, you can contact the Volunteer 

Coordinator at 575-887-5516 to see if there is something

you can do to help the Zoo.  




Docents - (Volunteer Teachers) help with:
             1. Guided Tours for school and adult groups
             2. Moon Walks
             3. Zoo Camp

             4. Outreach Educational Programs
             5.  Assist with our many Special Events
             6. Conduct Story Time for preschoolers - read a story, take a short walk in the Zoo,               and provide a craft.  


Want to become a docent? Those interested attend training led by staff and volunteer educators for 8 weeks. The fee for the training is $35.00, which includes the Docent Manuel, a docent t-shirt, name badge, and a one year Individual Membership to the Zoo.