Adult Volunteer Opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities with the Columbian Park Zoo. Volunteers provide valuable support and assistance to zoo staff, and have an integral role in the success of our many special events. You must be 18 years or older to apply. 

Teens ages 14-17 that are interested in volunteering should check out our Zoo Teen Program!

Volunteer Program Overview

Columbian Park Zoo's Volunteer Program is growing!

Join our flock and spend some quality time enhancing the lives of the Zoo animals, building skills and community connections!  Adults age 18 and older may apply for an Adult Volunteer position at any time.  A background check with a state issued photo ID must be completed in person at the Zoo before your application is considered complete.  Once accepted into the program, you will be invited to an upcoming Volunteer Orientation session, after which you can begin volunteering!  Orientation sessions take place year-round, approximately once monthly.

Adult volunteers are expected to complete one 3-hour work shift per week.  A regular shift time will be determined based upon your availability and the needs of the Zoo.  Shifts are available morning or afternoon, 7 days a week, although there is a high demand for weekend shifts.  Volunteers with weekday availability are strongly encouraged to apply!  Due to the training required to be an effective volunteer, a minimum 12-week commitment is expected (schedules may be adjusted to accommodate students with changing course schedules.)  Those seeking a shorter-term commitment, or a one-time opportunity on behalf of a service group, should contact our Volunteer Coordinator for Group Volunteer and Special Event Volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Columbian Park Zoo!
  1. Volunteer Educators
  2. Butterfly Exhibit Volunteers
  3. Volunteer Groups

Are you an energetic and committed individual who is looking to share your interest in animals with others? Volunteer Educators assist the Education Department by assisting with various learning experiences including animal encounters, group presentations and patron interactions throughout the zoo. We are looking for individuals who can make at least a year-long commitment.


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