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Volunteer Opportunities

Support Animal Conservation While Giving Back to the Zoo and Guests!
Volunteer at Christmas at the Zoo

Help bring holiday magic to life as a temporary volunteer! For more information or to sign up for a shift, please contact us.

The Indianapolis Zoo has lots of ways for you to get involved! During Christmas at the Zoo, we’re looking for Campfire Hosts, Mirror Maze Attendant, Santa’s Study Assistant, and Santa’s Village Greeters.

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. For more information about opportunities, fill out the Volunteer Services contact form or 317-630-2041.

You Can Make a Big Impact on Animal Conservation
Adult Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential element in many areas of the Indianapolis Zoo. Possible adult Volunteer Opportunities include: Animal Care, Horticulture, Naturalists, Special Events and Special Needs.

How to Apply to Become a Long-Term Adult Volunteer

  • Complete the online application form. (Applications will be accepted again beginning in December.)
  • After completing an application, candidates will be invited to a Volunteer Program Introduction meeting to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and meet current volunteers. The next Volunteer Program Introduction session will be held in early 2020.
  • After attending a Volunteer Program Introduction meeting, a Volunteer Services representative will contact interested candidates to schedule an interview.
  • 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.
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.

  • Naturalists

    Are you an engaging and fun storyteller, a caring and inspiring friend, a trustworthy and energetic leader, and a guide who’s at home in the wild? If so, then you have what it takes to speak in our “Voice of the Zoo” and would make an excellent Naturalist. We are always on the prowl for people passionate about animal conservation.

    Naturalists utilize artifacts and other educational tools to interact with Zoo guests, giving them more information about our animals and their stories.

  • 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.

    We are currently accepting temporary volunteers to assist with our Christmas at the Zoo event. Please contact us with questions or if you would like to sign up for a shift!

  • 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.

Current Adult Volunteers and Zoo Teens
Sign up for shifts and special events!

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