Current Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for thinking of John Ball Zoo for your volunteer time! 

Want to volunteer right away? Not sure if you want to make a commitment to come on a regular basis? Come volunteer for the zoo for an Immediate Opportunity. These are available to individuals and groups without an in depth orientation and training process, just sign up, show up and lend a hand!  

These opportunities will vary greatly, please see the individual opening for qualifications and description. All volunteers must be 14+ to volunteer independently, or 12+ to volunteer with an adult. 

Select the day and time you will volunteer for and hit submit. Once you have summited your form you are in the schedule and we will be relying on your help. Please let us know with at least 48 hours notice if you will no longer be able to make your shift. If you need to alter your scheduled day please email

After you complete the shift selection form, click the submit button at the bottom. 


Please select the opportunity you would like to come in for. If you sign up for it, we will be expecting you. Please only select the shift/s that you can volunteer for. 

The openings are directly linked to our system if there are no open shifts that means that they are all filled. New opportunities are entered on a weekly basis if there is nothing that fits your needs check back next week!

Please click on the link for more opportunity descriptions. 

Contact Information

Individual or Group

Please indicate if you are volunteering as an individual or you represent a group. If you represent a group please let us know your groups name and how many individuals will be volunteering. 

Demographic Information

Your birthdate is required as some opportunities have age requirements, you may optionally provide the additional information. It is used to help us know our success in representing our local community within our volunteer group.

Emergency Contact

Please enter the name and contact info for someone we should contact in case there is an emergency.


I agree that I am volunteering for civic, charitable or humanitarian purposes freely and without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation. I understand and accept that I am not a Zoo employee so I am not eligible for any of the privileges or benefits of employment with the Zoo, including compensation, and that I am responsible for my own insurance coverage in the event of personal injury or illness as a result of my services to the Zoo. I acknowledge that I may engage in a variety of activities while volunteering, including but not limited to riding in the Zoo shuttle and participating in activities off of the Zoo grounds, and I understand and accept the risks associated with these activities.

I understand that by submitting this form I am agreeing to volunteer on the selected day and time. 

I have read or have had read to me, and understand the above statement. I hereby certify that all information contained in this application is true, complete and accurate.