Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities with the Columbian Park Zoo. Volunteers provide valuable support and assistance to staff and have an integral role in the success of our many special events.  You must be 18 years or older to apply for our regular volunteer program.  Please fill out the following application to begin the volunteer process: Once you complete the form, click the Continue button at the bottom.

Personal Information

Emergency Contact

Additional Contact Information

If someone other than the applicant should serve as the primary contact regarding this applicant's status or participation then please provide that person's name, phone number, and relationship to the applicant below.

Allergies, Special Needs or Accommodations

The Zoo will make reasonable accommodations to allow the participation of individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It is our goal to provide a safe program environment and to be as inclusive as possible.

Does the applicant have any disability, allergy, or special need? If yes, please specify.

Animal Experience

Please list any prior animal experience and if there are any animals you are uncomfortable being around.

Educational and Employment Background


Please note that most adult volunteer shifts are from either 8am-11am or from 1pm-4pm, 7 days a week.  Adult volunteers are expected to work one shift per week for a time period no shorter than 12 weeks. Butterfly Garden Attendants are required to work 1 shift per week until the butterfly garden closes for the season and shifts vary.

Specific Areas of Interest

Volunteer assignment preference is considered but cannot be guaranteed. Volunteers will be assigned to volunteer in a specific area of the Zoo based on their interest but also availability.  Promptness and reliability are crucial.  Certain volunteer areas may require additional training.  Please check the boxes of volunteer areas you may be interested in.


Please check the boxes if you possess any of the following skills.  Use the box below to list any other special skills you may have that we have not listed.

Volunteer Service Needs

Why are you interested in volunteering at Columbian Park Zoo?

If you are seeking volunteer hours to complete a court ordered community service or school requirement, please explain below.

How did you hear about us?

How did you hear about volunteer opportunities at Columbian Park Zoo?


I agree to advise the Zoo in writing of any physical limitations which could affect or be affected by any volunteer activities I assume. I understand it is my responsibility to provide this information and I release the Zoo from any liability for injuries or illnesses which result from my failure to advise the Zoo in writing of any such limitations.
I agree and understand that as a volunteer, the Zoo is not obligated to provide me any payment or benefit for my services. I also agree to release the Lafayette City Board of Parks and Recreation, its employees and agents (collectively “the Zoo”) from any liability in the event I am injured or suffer damage as a result of my volunteer activities at the Zoo. I agree not to pursue any claim or initiate any action against the Zoo in the event I am injured or suffer damage as a result of the negligence of the Zoo. I understand and agree that this is an express assumption of risk and this release and waiver is made on my own behalf and on behalf of my heirs, executors, representatives and assigns.
I understand that the Zoo may require alcohol, drug and substance abuse screening, and I consent to such an examination and authorize the release of the results of such an examination to the Zoo.
I hereby authorize a law enforcement background check and investigation of all statements in this application and request any company, institution, or persons, including police agencies, contacted as part of this investigation to provide any and all pertinent information. To assure their cooperation, I hereby release them from all liability for any damage that may result from furnishing same to the Zoo.
All information provided herein is true, correct and complete.