Are you interested in becoming more involved with YOUR zoo?
We have several different ways that you can get involved:
1. Education Volunteers start as exhibit and animal interpreters, interacting directly with zoo visitors and providing them with a personalized experience as they tour the zoo. Interpreters utilize props and education artifacts to enhance visitor understanding of the animals they are observing. Interpreters also assist with our weekly “Oh Fur Fun” schedule and assist at special events. After 30 hours of volunteering as an Interpreter, you will have the chance to apply to be a Docent. Docents are trained volunteer educators that work directly with our education animals and assist zoo staff with education programs such as outreaches, tours, birthday parties, and classes. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for an Education Volunteer position.
2. Special Event/Project Volunteers do a variety of jobs at our zoo events including set-up, zoo decoration, greeting guests, running games, supervising the grounds, answering phones, and event clean-up. The special event volunteers are critical in ensuring our events and special projects run smoothly. Event/project volunteers are added to a mailing list and are contacted via email as new projects arise. You are required to participate in three projects a year to participate as an Event/Project Volunteer.
3. Horticulture Volunteers work with the zoo grounds crew to create and maintain gardens on the grounds, work with the greenhouse, assist with indoor plant upkeep, and help with seasonal outdoor preparations (spring set up and winterizing). Horticulture volunteers are required to volunteer 4 hours a month from May through September.
4. Barnyard Attendants staff the barn yard, allowing visitors to enter and exit, as well as supervise the visitors while they interact with the zoo’s barnyard animals. Light cleaning duties as well as animal handling training may be a component of this position as well as the ability to interact positively with zoo visitors and zoo barn animals. All barn volunteers are required to volunteer 6 hours a month May-October, with hours subject to change during the winter months. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a Barn Yard Attendant position.
5. NEW! Train Conductor Volunteers drive the zoo train during the summer. Act as a guide through the zoo's many exhibits and introduce zoo guests to our furry and feathered friends. All train conductors are required to volunteer 6 hours a month May-September. You must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's license to apply for a Train Conductor position.
For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Manager at 218-730-4500 ext. 210 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a volunteer application.
Email us today and we will send you a volunteer application!
Calling all teenagers! The Zoo Crew program is for teens ages 13-17 and provides a hands-on experience with animal care, enrichment, zoo operation and conservation. Learn how to handle animals, assist zookeepers, and teach zoo visitors about local and global conservation issues. This program requires a time commitment of at least one 3-hour shift (M-F) every week for six weeks in a row (choose from June 9-July 18 or July 21-August 29). Participants may choose from morning (9-12) or afternoon (1-4) shifts and do not have to work the same shift every week. Multiple shifts and all day shifts (9 am-4 pm) are often available if teens want to participate more than 3 hrs/wk. Contact Sarah at email@example.com with any questions. Applications for the 2014 summer season are due May 15, 2014.
Please print the appropriate form depending on if you are new or returning to the program:
New to Zoo Crew? Complete this Application Form
Returning to Zoo Crew? Complete this Registration Form