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 Docents & Junior Docents
Docents are volunteers that share their knowledge of the Zoo and the natural world by participating in the Zoo’s educational programs. Their goal is to motive people to take an active role in conservation and the environment. Click here for more information.
General volunteers have the opportunity to interact with Zoo guests by assisting the Guest Services staff. General volunteers may provide information and answer questions for guests or may help to set up and breakdown special presentations and events. These volunteers may also work with administration staff members in any number of projects that help to support the Zoo. Ages 14 & 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 & 17
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 & 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.