Complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a John Ball Zoo animal care volunteer. After you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom.


Please indicate which Animal Care opportunity/opportunities you are applying for by listing the day and area as listed on the Job Description online. If you are interested in a specific opportunity or any available please indicate that here.


Please indicate the mornings you are available for an Animal Care volunteer opportunity. Note all Animal Care shifts start at 8am September - May, and 7am June - August.

Tell us about you!

Tell us who you are and why you would like to volunteer in animal care at John Ball Zoo.

Skills and Experience

If you have any skills or experience that would like to utilize for the zoo but are not necessarily required for current volunteer opportunities please describe them here. These can be hobbies, interests, employment activities, etc. (photography, graphic design, carpentry, painting, sanitizing etc)

Name and address

Make sure you fill in the complete address - street, number, city state, zip, etc.

Seasonal Address

If you have a seasonal address - college student who is only in this area for school or if you go south for the winter or move to a cottage for the summer, etc., please tell us that address here.

Demographic Information

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.

Background Check

All applicants must successfully complete the required background checks before initial placement in a Volunteer position. These include criminal history, driving record and Central Registry Clearance.

Email Preferences

We like to keep volunteers informed of important news, schedules, and volunteer opportunities by email, however we will not send you any email you prefer not to receive. Use the check boxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from us. We do ask you to click Updates, so you can receive important communication from staff.


Please enter the names and contact information an individual who can provide us with recommendations. Family members are acceptable if you have no other references.

Emergency Contact

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


Please enter the info if you are currently employed. If unemployed please enter "None".


I understand that if I am offered a volunteer opportunity, it is contingent upon satisfactorily passing a background check prior to placement in the volunteer opportunity for which I have applied. I also understand that all information in this application may be checked and I hereby authorize any schools which I have attended, current and previous employers and organizations named in this application to provide John Ball Zoo with any information that may be requested to make a decision. I further authorize John Ball Zoo to conduct any investigations of the information contained herein. I hereby specifically waive written notice from any and all former employers regarding their disclosure to John Ball Zoo of any information, including disciplinary action. I understand that any omission or misrepresentation of information may be sufficient cause for rejection of this application or, if volunteering has commenced, grounds for immediate dismissal.

I agree that any action or suit against the Zoo arising out of my volunteering, including but not limited to, claims arising under State or Federal civil rights statutes, must be brought within 180 days of the event giving rise to the claim(s) or be forever barred. I waive any limitations to the contrary.

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.

Thank you for considering volunteer opportunities at John Ball Zoo.