Volunteers

​​​​​​​"I love to teach our visitors about our animals and gardens, and how we can work together to make this a better world for all of us."

— An Indianapolis Zoo Volunteer

There is no shortage of ways to get involved at the Indianapolis Zoo. It takes several hundred talented, passionate, and dedicated adults, college interns and Zoo Teens to maintain the Zoo as downtown Indianapolis' most popular cultural attraction and a worldwide leader in animal conservation.


Current Adult Volunteers and Zoo Teens click here to sign up for shifts!​

If you are a current volunteer, read the latest issue of the Volunteer Newsletter.​​


 

​Volunteering FAQs

How do I apply?

Applications are only accepted online. Click here to get started!

What is the volunteer age requirement?
Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to be an Adult Volunteer. Students between the ages of 14-18 are eligible to be a Zoo Teen.

What is the volunteer time commitment?
Volunteers are asked to commit to six months in their assigned area. Regular Adult Volunteers are required to work a minimum of two, 3-hour shifts per month. Special Event Volunteers are required to volunteer eight hours per year.

Will I be able to interact with the animals?
Adult Animal Care Volunteers and Animal Care Interns may work closely with zookeepers in exhibits and animal holding areas but they do not have direct contact with the animals. Administrative Intern and Zoo Teen positions are guest services focused.

What is the volunteer application process?

  1. Submit a Volunteer Application.

  2. Applicants will be invited to attend a Volunteer Program Introduction meeting to learn more about the different volunteer opportunities and meet current volunteers. 

  3. After attending a Volunteer Program Introduction meeting, a Volunteer Services representative will contact interested candidates to schedule an interview.

  4. Accepted volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation prior to their first day. This orientation reviews Zoo policies, safety and security procedures and the benefits of volunteering.

Is there a cost associated with volunteering?
Adult volunteers are required to purchase a volunteer uniform shirt for $22.75. (An additional fee applies to shirts size 2XL and larger). Shirts are provided for College Interns and Zoo Teens.

Can I volunteer on weekends only?
Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week. A waiting list exists, however, for most weekend positions.

I have the summer off from college, can I volunteer?
Volunteering at the Zoo requires a 6-month minimum commitment within a 12-month term. College students who are at least at the junior level and studying in the United States are eligible for the College Internship Program. Internships are available in Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters in both Administrative and Animal Care roles.

Do you offer court-ordered community service work?
The Indianapolis Zoo does not offer court-ordered community service work.

Do you offer group or one-time volunteer opportunities?
A limited number of group and one-time volunteer opportunities may be available during events such as ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo. Contact Volunteer Services at (317) 630-2041 or volunteer@indyzoo.com ​​for more information.

Does the Zoo offer job shadow opportunities? 
Due to the overwhelming demand for job-shadowing opportunities each month, the Zoo is unable to accommodate these requests.

Do you offer internships?
Yes, the Zoo has an extensive Internship Program for college students studying in the United States as well as recent graduates.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at volunteer@indyzoo.com or (317) 630-2041.

 

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