Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Kansas City Zoo.

For full consideration, please provide complete information on the form below. The information you supply on this application will be used to distinguish you from other applicants and assess your qualifications for available volunteer positions.

Once you complete the form, click the "continue" button at the bottom. After submitting the application, it will be reviewed, you will then receive a confirmation response and details on the next steps involved in becoming a Kansas City Zoo Volunteer. It may take up to a week for your application to be reviewed.

Our next volunteer application intake is scheduled for Spring 2020. Submitting your application now will ensure timely review.

Personal Information

(Fields marked with an asterisk are required)

Are you Over 18?

Please be aware that this application is available only to those volunteers 18 years of age and up. Youth volunteer opportunities are available for individuals aged 14-17 through our VolunTEEN program. Please revisit our volunteer web page for more information.


If you are not currently empoyed enter 'N/A' or 'retired'. This information is used to assess the demographic make-up of our volunteers.

Interests and Skills

Please share your relevant skills and interests that would benefit the zoo's volunteer program.

Guests Before Animals

There are limited volunteer positions working directly with animals. Most initial volunteer positions involve working with the public and are generally required before applying to animal related positions.


Please share your availability, preferred initial area of service, and commitment level. Assignment descriptions are available on the zoo's volunteer page.

About you

Tell us about yourself.

1) Why are you interested in volunteering at the Kansas City Zoo?

2) What do you hope or expect to gain from your volunteer experience?

3) Do you have any previous or current employment or volunteer experience that is relevant to your anticipated volunteer placement?


Do you have any physical or mental conditions or required medications that will require accommodation in order to make your volunteer experience successful?

Emergency Contact

Personal History

Additional Demographics

The Kansas City Zoo strives to provide service opportunities and engage volunteers that reflect the diversity of our community. The following optional prompts are held confidential and used to identify and appreciate the communities we serve.

Animal Volunteer Applicants Only

1. List any animal experience you have (excluding Pets)

2. List animals area you want to volunteer with.

3. List any animals you do NOT want to volunteer with.

I agree

"I certify that the facts contained in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and I understand that, if accepted, falsified statements on said documents shall be grounds for dismissal."

"I agree to hold confidential all privileged and/or sensitive information, which I may obtain directly or indirectly, concerning The Kansas City Zoo, its guests ans staff (including employees and volunteers). I agree that my services are donated to the Zoo without contemplation of compensation."

"I understand that my volunteer status may be terminated at any time for failure to comply with policies and procedures of the Zoo, including those of the volunteer program; for repeated absences without notification; for reasons of unsatisfactory attitude, work, and/or for any other circumstances which, in the judgment of the Zoo would make my continued services as a volunteer contrary to their best interests."