Several schools and animal related programs have sanctioned the Monterey Zoo for student internships. Students are accepted upon the recommendation of those schools or programs. Volunteers can apply at any time with our zoo education staff and are welcome additions to our our team.

Volunteers and interns assist with animal care, daily feedings and cleaning under the oversight of our full time staff. Most volunteer and intern activities involve helping with the tremendous amount of maintenance required by a zoo. Often there is an opportunity for volunteers and interns to assist in training and social time, as permitting and safety allows.

Volunteers and interns are always first on our list for permanent employment positions.

For more information, please contact our educational coordinator at


Open 10am-3pm Every Day. (Closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)

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$35.25 ages 15 and up
$25 ages 2-14 (under 2 free – $8 stroller fee)

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Annual Passes

Enjoy the Zoo year-round!
Individual and Family Plans Available
Starting at only $110

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While providing exemplary animal care, Monterey Zoological Society is dedicated to providing an entertaining yet educational and conservation minded experience which fosters public awareness and respect for all wildlife.

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400 River Road, Salinas, CA 93908 Phone: 831-455-1901


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