Be A Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Do you love animals, wildlife, nature, conservation and helping out your community? Potter Park Zoo offers the perfect opportunity for you to become involved! No special skills or previous training is necessary. Just bring your passion for adventure and desire to make a difference and let us show you how! At Potter Park Zoo we offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. From big events like Boo at the Zoo and Wine & Stein, to anytime projects like gardening and grounds, there’s something for everyone! Volunteer opportunities include:

Special Events

Throughout the year, Potter Park Zoo hosts many private and public events. A wide variety of volunteers are needed for these, from greeters to craft assistants; face painters to storytellers; ticket takers to registration helpers and more!


No matter what your gardening skills, we can use your help on our zoo grounds! Take on your own garden space or simply help us weed and rake. You choose the task and your schedule. Looking for a little more? Consider our Adopt-a-Garden program!

Zoo Ambassador

Our Zoo Ambassadors are seasoned volunteers who have an expanded knowledge of the zoo. They have the opportunity to take on individualized projects and become leader within the Volunteer Team.

2019 Zoo Ambassador Training Sessions

To be determined

Office Support

Our office staff sometimes need help preparing mailings, memberships or other clerical projects. If you can sort and shuffle, we can use your help!

Orientation Dates

**Please Note: You must complete the Volunteer Application before you may register for orientation. Once your application has been received, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to sign-up for orientation.

All new volunteers are asked to attend one of our Volunteer Orientations held at 5:30 p.m. a few times a month. Orientation is a great way for volunteers to learn more about what we do here at the zoo, the opportunities available to volunteers all year round, and take a tour of the zoo!

2019 Orientation Dates

  • January 15th
  • January 30th
  • March 5th
  • March 19th
  • April 9th
  • April 24th
  • May 7th
  • June 11th
  • June 26th
  • July 19th
  • July 23rd
  • August 20th
  • August 28th
  • September 10th
  • September 25th
  • October 8th
  • November 5th
  • November 19th
  • December 10th


Is there an age requirement for volunteers?

Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the entirety of their volunteer shift.

How do I sign up to become a volunteer?

Fill out a Volunteer Application on our website. Once we have received your application and completed your background check, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to sign-up for orientation.

Does the zoo offer Group Volunteer opportunities?

Yes! Potter Park Zoo offers volunteer opportunities for students, companies, non-profits and more to volunteer as a group for a day. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to schedule your group volunteer project today!

What is the volunteer commitment?

As a volunteer, there are no minimum amount of hours you must complete. Volunteers self-schedule, so you can volunteer when your availability allows.

Do I get to interact with any of the animals?

Unfortunately, our volunteers do not interact with our exhibit animals. However, we always encourage volunteers to come see our zoo residents during their free time.

Do you offer court-mandated community service opportunities?

We do not offer court-mandated community service opportunities at this time.