Volunteer Opportunities

Membership Coordinator  |   Gorilla Produce Assistant  |  Gorilla Gardener  |  Web Assistant

Membership Coordinator (Business Office Support)

We are looking for volunteers to assist us at our business office (Redwood City) with Gorilla Foundation membership management, via mail, email and phone correspondences. Your service will help us raise funds more efficiently in order to transmit Koko’s legacy as an ambassador for her species to the next generation. 

Responsibilities (based on skills and interests):
1. Fulfillment of orders placed on our online store: koko.org/kokomart
2. Fulfillment of donor thank-you and outreach letters, and membership materials
3. Management of email and phone correspondences from members and the public
4. Help with social media and web postings on Koko’s Facebook, Twitter and web site
5. Reviewing, editing and answering letters to prospective donors, donors and partners
6. Database administration (if interested and have some experience)
7. Help with multimedia (photo and video) selection and rating

Necessary Qualifications:
1. A strong interest in The Gorilla Foundations work and mission
2. Attention to detail
3. Reliable — learning new tasks, completing projects to specs, asking questions
4. Basic Computer skills: Microsoft Office, Email, learning new apps
5. Good written and verbal communication skills

Special Requirements:
1. Minimum commitment of 6 months
2. Available one day a week for a four hour shift between 9 am and 4 pm
3. Must be at least 18 years old

How to Apply:
1) Cover letter summarizing your experience, interests, reasons for wanting to volunteer, questions about the position, and your availability),
2) Resume of work, volunteer and educational experience
3) List of 2-3 professional and/or volunteer-related references
4) A 1-2 paragraph essay on “What Koko Means to Me”


All attachments MUST be in either Word or PDF format.


Produce Assistant for Koko & Ndume

 Meals are always exciting events throughout a gorilla's day, and Koko and Ndume are no exception. Eating a combined 24 pounds a day, there is a lot of food preparation involved before the gorillas can enjoy their meals. We are always interested in hearing from potential volunteers in the event that we have an open position.


• Experience cooking and preparing meals
• Love of cooking
• Knowledgeable of vegetables and fruits
• Can sort, wash, and cook produce thoroughly and efficiently
• Love gorillas, dogs, and cats
• Are happy to put up with the heat of summer and the cold and rain of winter


• Minimum commitment of one year
• Complete an initial volunteer period in the Business Office
• Are available one day a week from 8:30am to 12:30pm
• Provide a copy of a negative TB test annually
• Provide a copy of a flu shot report/receipt annually
• Must be at least 18 years old

Because the gorillas are very sensitive to any change in their environment, especially new people, we ask that volunteers make a long-term commitment. If you are willing to commit to a regular volunteer schedule, we would be happy to keep your application on file in the event that we have an open position.

To find out more about the position and how to apply, tell us a little about yourself and your interest in the position in an email to volunteer@Koko.org.

All attachments MUST be in either Word or PDF format.

Please note that we do NOT have any volunteer opportunities that involve direct contact with the gorillas.


Gardener for Gorilla Grounds

The gorilla foundation needs help with grounds clearing, pruning, and planting (of gorilla "browse") by someone with professional gardening experience.

For more information, please email: volunteer@Koko.org.


Web Development Assistant for Koko.org

We're looking for someone who can help us maintain the quality assurance of our new website and explore some new directions via special projects.

Some or all of the following skills would be useful:

1) php/mysql
2) javascript
3) drupal dms
4) video editing
5) FileMaker Pro database (vsn 11 or higher) 

If you're a good communicator, can work effectively remotely, and can devote at least a few hours per week on a regular basis, please email a cover letter and resume (with links to your previous web work) to: volunteer@Koko.org


Gorilla Media (Photo/Video Review) Volunteer for Koko.org

We're looking for a few good people to help us review thousands of photos and videos, catalog and rate them (via our database) and thereby help us quickly search for the right photo/video for the right purpose:  education, research, conservation, care, fundraising, etc.

Necessary Qualifications:

 Love of media featuring gorillas Koko, Michael, Ndume and others
•  Attention to detail — able to discern the overall theme and specific highlights of photos/videos

Desirable Qualifications:

Sign language interpretation and transcription
• Photo and/or video editing

Time Commitment::

From 2 consecutive hours per week to "the sky's the limit"


 The Gorilla Foundation's Business Office in Redwood City, CA

If you're interested in helping with this important project, please email a cover letter, resume (with references) and a 1-paragraph essay on: What Koko Means to Me", to: volunteer@Koko.org


Thank you for offering to volunteer at The Gorilla Foundation!


Contact Us



The Gorilla Foundation / Koko.org
1733 Woodside Rd., Suite 330
Redwood City, CA, 94061
1-800-ME-GO-APE (634-6273)

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