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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer for Christmas at the Zoo!


Come volunteer to help create an environment of family-fun while enjoying our Christmas-themed event throughout the beautiful holiday season. To join our event, please complete an online registration form and submit a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record before you can sign up for shifts. Please complete an event registration.

Please click here for more information including event dates, shift times and assignments.

You Can Make a Big Impact on Animal Conservation
Adult Volunteers

We will begin accepting applications for regular Adult Volunteers in December.

Volunteers enhance many areas of the Indianapolis Zoo. Possible adult volunteer opportunities include: Animal Care, Horticulture, Special Events, Special Needs and Wild Ambassadors.

How to Apply to Become an Adult Volunteer

    • After attending a Volunteer Program Introduction meeting, a Volunteer Services representative will contact interested candidates to schedule a virtual interview.
    • Accepted volunteers are required to attend an in-person, socially distanced New Volunteer Orientation prior to their first day. This orientation reviews Zoo policies, safety and security procedures and the benefits of volunteering.
    • Selected candidates are asked to purchase a uniform shirt and commit to a minimum of six consecutive months of volunteer service.
You Can Make a Big Impact on Animal Conservation
Adult Volunteer Opportunities
  • Animal Care

    Animal Care volunteers play a vital role by assisting zoo keepers in exhibit maintenance, diet preparation and behavioral enrichment. Animal Care volunteers should be prepared for all weather conditions and must be extremely dependable — animal lives are dependent on animal care personnel! Positions may be available in the following areas: Deserts, Encounters, Marine Mammals, Plains, Primates and Oceans.

  • Horticulture

    Volunteer gardeners help staff at either White River Gardens or on Zoo grounds with Zoo Horticulture.
    Duties for both areas include routine plant care, such as watering, pruning, fertilizing, weeding, planting and transplanting. Horticulture volunteers should be prepared for all weather conditions and must be dependable.

  • Wild Ambassadors

    The Indianapolis Zoo’s Wild Ambassadors provide informal engagement with on-grounds Zoo guests. Wild Ambassadors engage with guests through quality interpretive techniques, and use story, artifacts and hands-on activities to make deeper connections between Zoo guests and the natural world.

  • Special Events

    From exhibit openings to events on Zoo grounds, Special Event volunteers play an integral role in making Zoo events a success. Annual events, such as Zoobilation, ZooBoo, and Christmas at the Zoo, are dependent upon volunteers to run smoothly. Positions are varied based on the needs of each event.

  • Special Needs

    Individuals with special needs and their support staff can assist our Guest Services staff in the following ways: Exit Greeter — a stationary position to thank guests for coming to the Zoo, collect maps for recycling and stamp hands of guests who are temporarily leaving the Zoo but plan to return later that same day. Grounds Care — walk the Zoo and help keep the grounds clean by picking up debris.

    Special Needs Volunteers and support personnel should complete the online Volunteer Application and check Special Needs. Rather than attend the Volunteer Program Introduction, these individuals will schedule a meeting with Volunteer Services to discuss the specific opportunities available.

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