Support Elmwood Park Zoo with the gift of your time. Each year, dedicated volunteers donate thousands of hours to help in the Zoo’s Education, Guest Services, and Maintenance departments.
The Zoo offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals ages 14 years old and up. Volunteers are a substantial part of the Zoo team.
Volunteer Programs Education & Junior Education Volunteers
Education volunteers share their knowledge of the Zoo and the natural world by participating in the Zoo’s educational programs. Their goal is to motivatee people to take an active role in conservation and the environment. Click here for more information.
Diet Prep Volunteers
Diet Prep volunteers help prepare the meals for the Zoo's animals. Individuals must be able to measure ingredients, chop and cut food, and follow detailed instructions. Candidates must be comfortable working with some potentially off-putting smells and diet ingredients. Applications are accepted year round - due to an overwhelming response, all diet prep applications submitted at this time are being placed into a wait list. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Animal Care, rehabilitation, and Veterinary Science. Ages 18 and up
Junior Camp Counselors
Junior Camp Counselors are teens that assist the Camp Coordinator with arts and crafts projects, games and educational programs. Junior Camp Counselors must volunteer for at least two full weeks of camp. Applicants are required to attend a training session and provide proof of a tetanus inoculation (within 10 years). Ages 14 to 17 Note: This program is currently at capacity for the 2014 season.
Marketing volunteers assist the Marketing Department with the ZooParent program. This includes writing the "animal update” emails to ZooParents as well as helping put together packages for mailing. Applications are accepted at any time. Scheduling as needed. Ages 18 and up
Volunteers assist in daily grounds keeping and building maintenance. Volunteers possessing special trade skills or experience may assist with more complex projects such as those involving carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, or painting. Maintenance volunteers may be required to exert themselves and are likely to work outdoors. Proof or a tetanus inoculation (within 10 years) is required. Ages 18 and up
Special Event Volunteers
These volunteers are a part of the action when the Zoo hosts any number of special events throughout the year. Special Event volunteers may be tasked with entertaining guests with crafts, games, and other activities. Having the ability to work independently is a plus and possessing a pleasant, guest-friendly attitude is a must! Ages 14 and up
Groups Volunteers and Community Service Projects
Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes corporations, schools, scout troops and other groups to submit requests to perform volunteer service projects at the Zoo. Groups generally assigned to assist the Maintenance Department in maintaining the Zoo’s grounds, or in the set up for special events.
New Volunteer Opportunities! ZooCrafters
The ZooCrafters is a more informal way to volunteer your time and services to the Zoo! Use your skills in crocheting, knitting, jewelry making, etc. and donate handmade items to various Zoo events and fundraisers throughout the year. Active ZooCrafters are highly encouraged to meet once a month to discuss progress and potential group projects, but the majority of volunteer hours can be logged from the comfort of your own home. This program is also open to outside crafting groups, community services groups, and individuals who wish to donate their goods and services to the Zoo. Significant crafting experience required. Applications are accepted at any time. Scheduling is flexible and as needed. Ages 14 and up
EPZ Camera Club
The EPZ Camera Club is the perfect volunteer opportunity for both experienced and novice photographers alike! Explore the Zoo and take unique and captivating photos of the Zoo and its inhabitants. These photos will be utilized in marketing, social media, and other outlets to promote the Zoo and its special events. Formal experience not required. Ability to easily provide Marketing Department and other relevant departments the photos via email, USB, etc. Applications accepted at any time. Scheduling as needed. Please note, we are not currently accepting Camera Club Volunteers at this time.
Greeters Specialized training required.
Greeters are among the first to welcome visitors to the Elmwood Park Zoo. As such, it is imperative that greeters are professional, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable! They are responsible for offering warm welcomes and farewells to all guests, answering questions about the Zoo, and providing accurate information regarding directions, events, exhibits, and locations of buildings. Volunteers may be placed at other locations throughout the Zoo, not just the front gate, to aid in guest inquiries. Tablets will be provided to assist the volunteers with any visitor questions they may need to answer. One seven-hour shift per month is required. Volunteers must have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills. They also must possess the ability to read the Zoo’s map and learn the locations of exhibits and buildings. Experience with web browsing, tablets, and smartphones preferred, willingness to learn required. Applications are accepted at any time. Ages 14 and up