great to be around animals but you can still make a
difference without ever touching an animal. It's
important to teach conservation because we can't
save animals unless we can inspire people to save
— Jerry Stark, Indianapolis Zoo Volunteer
Volunteers are an essential element in many areas of
the Zoo and Gardens. However, opportunities are
limited. Learn more about
how you can volunteer. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (ages 14-18 years
should inquire about the ZooTeen
Learn more about the roles of Zoo
Check back in December for new volunteer
information, contact the Office of Volunteer
Services at (317) 630-2041 or
you enjoy meeting new people? Feel comfortable
with new technology? Get excited about learning new
things? Enjoy storytelling?
If so, you may be perfect as an Orangutan Naturalist!
Our animals have incredible stories to share. We
need people with a passion for animal conservation
to be their voice and tell their stories to our
guests. We're currently looking for individuals to
join our volunteer team as Orangutan Naturalists.
This is an amazing new opportunity for volunteers to
be part of the world-class International Orangutan
Center, opening May 2014. Inspire Zoo guests to make
a difference in saving endangered orangutans in the
wild by introducing them to these amazing
Indianapolis Zoo orangutans.
Volunteers assist zoo keepers in various aspects of
maintaining the animal collection including exhibit
maintenance, diet preparation, and behavioral
enrichment. The work is hard, dirty, and often
unglamorous, but can be highly rewarding. It
offers the personal satisfaction of helping to
provide healthy conditions for the animals along
with the opportunity to learn zoo animal care
procedures. Animal Care volunteers should be
prepared to work in all weather conditions and must
be extremely dependable — animal's lives depend on
animal care personnel. Positions are generally available in the following
areas: Deserts, Marine Mammals, Plains and Oceans.
those interested in gardening, we offer two areas to put your green thumb to
White River Gardens —
Gardeners assist Staff in maintaining the botanical collection across the
3.3 acres of outdoor gardens, as well as assisting in the stunning Hilbert
Zoo Horticulture —
Gardeners can assist the Zoo Horticulture Staff in maintaining the botanical
collection across the 65 acre horticulture garden that is the Zoo grounds.
Duties for both include routine plant care, such as watering, pruning,
fertilizing, weeding, planting, and transplanting. Horticulture Volunteers
should be prepared to work in all weather conditions and must be extremely dependable.
Assistants — Occasionally,
Zoo staff are in need of clerical assistants for
filing, organizing, and sorting information for
various projects. Organization and keyboarding
skills are preferred but not necessary.
Assistants — Volunteers in
the Commissary can assist in the preparation of
special diets and food containers to be delivered
to the various biomes. Food is gathered from walk-in
coolers, freezers, and dry goods storage, then is
properly divided and measured for each area. The
food delivered is used to prepare diets for the
exhibit openings to Marketing events, Special Event Volunteers play an
integral role in assisting the Zoo in reaching its organizational goals.
Annual events such as Zoobilation, Zoo Boo, Christmas at the Zoo, and
various other events are dependent upon Volunteers to run smoothly. Positions are varied as to the need of each event.
can bring joy to the masses as a Character Mascot such as “Kiburi” the Lion,
"Jett" the Dolphin, and many other loveable characters. Mascots
perform on grounds, at special events, and even at sporting events. If
you have a flare for the dramatic, enjoy entertaining children, and wouldn’t
mind wearing a costume, perhaps you should consider becoming a Character
with special needs and their support person can assist our Guest Services
staff in the following ways:
Exit Greeter — A
stationary position to thank guests for coming to the Zoo and collect maps
Grounds Care — Walk the
Zoo and help keep the grounds clean by picking up debris and depositing it
(gloves, bags, tongs are provided).
Other assignments are dependent on ability and may be requested from the
Office of Volunteer Services. Special Needs candidates and support
personnel can fill out the Volunteer Application and check Special Needs. Rather than attend the Volunteer Program Introduction, these individuals can
schedule a meeting with the Volunteer Office to discuss the opportunities