Interested in becoming a one-time event volunteer?
We are currently accepting volunteers for Harvest Fest and/or Wild Lights. Volunteering positions at Harvest Fest and/or Wild Lights include doing activities like helping guests with making enrichment and/or crafts for our animals, running educational games, handing out prizes, assisting photo opportunities, managing props, supervising a bonfire with s’mores-making, and many other tasks. If any of the above sounds interesting then consider signing up for an afternoon, or even several! Sign up here: elmwoodparkzoo.org/volunteer-form/
Our devoted team of volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to further the zoo’s mission. We strive to inspire everyday change for a better future for all species.
Teen Education Volunteer Program
Grow and learn as a Teen Education volunteer! Gain experience in a zoo setting and work on professional skills like taking initiative, public speaking, self-confidence and teamwork. Teen volunteers are active during both the summer and school year, and must be able to commit to at least one full year.
Thank you for your interest in our Teen Education Volunteer Program. Unfortunately, our 2019 Teen Education Volunteer Program is now full and we cannot take any more applicants until next year. Please check back in January of 2020 to start the application process for next year.
Adult Education VoLunteer Program
The Adult Education volunteer program offers opportunities to help animals while developing friendships, new talents, and skills. There are many ways to help, including leading guests in educational activities, going off site to Zoo-on-Wheels programs, and being a part of our award-winning horticulture and photography teams!
Thank you for your interest in our Adult Education Volunteer Program. Unfortunately, our 2019 Adult Education Volunteer Program is now full and we cannot take any more applicants until next year. Please check back in January of 2020 to start the application process for next year.
Diet Prep Volunteer Program
Diet Prep volunteers work closely each morning with a dedicated team preparing meals for our animals. These volunteers are hard workers, and are required to stand for long periods of time, and work with strange textures and strong smells. If that sounds fun to you, then you are in the right place!
All volunteers are required to attend orientations in order to learn about the zoo and our mission to inspire conservation. Every volunteer position requires a minimum of 70 hours of service within one year, regular shifts, and the ability to pass clearances. Certain volunteer opportunities may require specialized training.
- Not all opportunities are a good fit for all potential volunteers, so please read the program descriptions carefully before submitting an application.
- There is no animal handling or direct animal contact involved with any of our volunteer opportunities. We currently do not have volunteer opportunities for individuals less than 14 years of age.
- 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 opportunities apart from corporate volunteer days.
Elmwood Park Zoo provides single service days for groups who want to give back and spend their time in a fun and unique environment! Group Volunteers are accepted all year round on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (weather permitting). Groups often assist with grounds, horticulture, special events and maintenance departments. Groups must have a minimum number of 5 and a maximum of 25 members. All members must be over the age of 14 in order to volunteer.