Community Volunteer Application

As a non-profit the Elmwood Park Zoo depends on the generosity and support of volunteers to help deliver our mission, but we understand that not everyone can commit to a regular volunteer shift or may not be comfortable educating guests. The Community Volunteer Team (CVT) is designed for people who may have occasional availability or special skills to help with short term or single day projects. This projects might include:

– Working as a wayfinder or other hospitality role for a large event

– Setting up for big events like Boo at the Zoo, Wild Lights, etc.

– Spring or fall grounds readiness, including things such as mulching or raking leaves

– Helping with a large project such as a storm clean up or deep clean of the giraffe barn

Members of the CVT will receive an email notification when a project is available. Assignments will be made based on the skill/interest listed in your application and volunteer availability. All volunteers must be over the age of 14. There is no animal handling or direct animal contact involved with any of our volunteer opportunities


The CVT is not designed for those looking for single day service projects for a group or those looking for community service hours. For those looking for group service projects please use our Corporate/Group Volunteering Application. 

Community Volunteer Application

  • Not all opportunities are a good fit for all potential volunteers, so please read the program descriptions carefully before submitting an application.
  • We are unable to arrange job shadows or volunteer opportunities with our veterinary staff.
  • Additionally, our volunteer opportunities are primarily long-term. We invest a great deal of resources into our volunteer program and do not offer one-time or short-term opportunity apart from corporate volunteer days.

Questions? please contact or 800.652.4143 x 236