Please complete this application if you are interested in becoming a regular, ongoing Lincoln Park Zoo volunteer. Regular volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

We have limited Special Events opportunities for those age 14+. If you are only interested in Special Events, you may simply email

Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom. Please Note: A standard background check will be performed prior to the start of volunteer service.

Applicant Information

Please share some basic information about yourself.

Briefly state why you would like to volunteer

Service Requirement

Are you volunteering to fulfill a service requirement? If so, please describe (academic, employment, court mandated, etc).

Skills and Experience

Please specify the professional skills you would like to utilize as part of your volunteer work at the Zoo. Check all that apply.


Please enter information for two professional references.

Interest and Availability

Please indicate the volunteer opportunity that you are most interested in along with the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.

Demographic Information

Please provide the following confidential information. This information is being compiled by Lincoln Park Zoo for reporting related to our on-going funding.


Please list your current employer or most recent employer

Emergency Contact Information

This information will only be used if you are hired as a volunteer and will not be shared.

Policies, Holds Harmless and Indemnity Information



We believe that our success as an institution is dependent on the trust and the confidence we earn from the communities we serve. We believe that we gain credibility by adhering to our commitments, displaying honesty and integrity and reaching institutional goals through honorable conduct. We understand that it is in the best interest of the zoo and the public it serves to embrace a set of ethical principles that supplement relevant local, state and federal laws governing not-for-profit institutions.

The purpose of this statement is to set forth an ethics policy as well as procedures for dealing with conduct that may involve actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest of volunteers of the Lincoln Park Zoological Society (Lincoln Park Zoo) in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.

General Principles and Procedures

a. Duty of Loyalty

All volunteers are expected to carry out the mission of Lincoln Park Zoo with honesty and integrity, avoiding actual or apparent conflicts of interest in professional, business and personal relationships. In case of a conflict between the interests of the individual and those of Lincoln Park Zoo, the greater good of Lincoln Park Zoo, and the public it serves, must prevail. Furthermore, volunteers must not engage in activities that might erode public trust in the organization or the work it performs.

b. Duty of Care

All volunteers are expected to maintain confidentiality, to act in good faith, responsibly, with due care, competence and diligence, without allowing one’s judgment to be affected by personal or outside interests. It is the duty of all to use responsibly, and maintain control over, all assets and resources, including human resources, employed by or entrusted to Lincoln Park Zoo.

c. Confidentiality of Privileged Information

Confidentiality of privileged information shall be maintained at all times. Volunteers are responsible and accountable for the integrity and protection of Lincoln Park Zoo’s proprietary information and must take steps to protect information that has been entrusted to them. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to, Lincoln Park Zoo’s research data, marketing and sales information, personnel data, donor lists and information, member lists, information about the animals, financial data, plans and all other information in the possession of Lincoln Park Zoo that has not been published or disclosed to the general public. Volunteers shall not use information received while serving Lincoln Park Zoo for any personal, business, or financial reward. Any discussion of Lincoln Park Zoo activity should be conducted so as to preserve the positive reputation of Lincoln Park Zoo.

d. Dissemination of the Code

Lincoln Park Zoo management are responsible for communicating this code and for ensuring its contents are understood and embraced. Volunteers are expected to promote ethical behavior as a responsible partner among peers in the work environment and in the community. All volunteers shall be given a copy of this Code of Conduct policy and are required to sign a statement that they have read, understand and will abide by its terms.

e. Integrity Policy

Lincoln Park Zoo maintains an Integrity Policy, which says, in part, that any individual with concerns or complaints relating to practices covered by this policy should report them directly to the Integrity in Action Program. The following telephone number is for reporting complaints relating to practices covered by this policy.

Integrity in Action

Telephone # 888-878-6365

If the individual who submits a complaint identifies him or herself, receipt of the complaint will be acknowledged.

Lincoln Park Zoo encourages ethical practices at all levels of its operations, and prohibits retaliation against any individual who submits a complaint in good faith. However, disciplinary action may be taken against individuals who provide information they know to be false or deliberately misleading.

Public Representation

Each volunteer may be regarded by the public as a representative of Lincoln Park Zoo. Therefore, it is important for them to conduct themselves in a manner that will not compromise the assets or reputation of Lincoln Park Zoo.

a. Business or financial interests

A volunteer must provide timely and full written disclosure to the President/CEO and the Chief Financial Officer if the volunteer or a member of the volunteer’s immediate family (defined as the mother, father, step-parent, spouse, domestic partner, sibling or child of that person), acts as an owner, officer, Board member, partner, employee or beneficiary, or has any financial interest in any business currently or prospectively furnishing services, materials or supplies to Lincoln Park Zoo. In the case of publicly held corporations, ownership of five percent (5%) or more of that corporation’s stock shall constitute a financial interest.

b. Gifts, Entertainment, Favors, Discounts and Dispensations

Volunteers and members of their immediate families may not accept gifts of cash, gift certificates or checks; vacations; services; loans or discounts that are made available to them as a result of their relationship with Lincoln Park Zoo, except those offered to all volunteers of Lincoln Park Zoo generally.

c. Volunteerism, political interests or other outside interests

Volunteers serving on museum or community service boards or engaged in other non-Lincoln Park Zoo volunteer activities may be seen as representing Lincoln Park Zoo. Care should be taken to protect the reputation of Lincoln Park Zoo in any of these activities. Any political activity must take place on the volunteer’s own time and at the volunteer’s own expense. No Lincoln Park Zoo funds, property or facilities may be used by volunteers for political ends.

d. Media Contact

All inquiries from reporters and members of the media regarding Lincoln Park Zoo are to be directed to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Public Relations department. Volunteers who are approached by reporters or other media representatives on zoo grounds or who are contacted by members of the media in any other way shall refer all inquiries to Public Relations. Zoo volunteers should not meet with, respond to, or otherwise make contact with members of the media unless the contact has been prearranged through Public Relations. Volunteers who utilize their volunteer title in communications with the media may be seen as representing Lincoln Park Zoo and, therefore, must receive advance permission from Public Relations before initiating such contact. The complete Confidentiality and Social Media Policies are found in the Volunteer Handbook.


The Lincoln Park Zoo maintains privileged and confidential information which includes, but is not limited to, information regarding zoo procedures, research, projects, finances, compensation, members, donors, and animal management records. My signature on this form is my personal assurance that I will not divulge any confidential information. I understand that any violation of confidentiality will be reported to the Volunteer Services Manager and the Vice President of Human Resources with a request for appropriate action as outlined in the Volunteer Handbook.


We encourage you to follow the zoo’s official social media accounts and, if you like, share the updates posted there on your own accounts. Similarly, it’s easy for information that’s posted privately to become public if someone wishes to share it. It’s generally best to assume that any information you post could become public.

It’s important to note that you are responsible for what you post online. Before you post anything, it’s wise to reflect on how the material will reflect on you as well as Lincoln Park Zoo

-All social media posts are expected to adhere to the Confidentiality of Privileged Information clause agreed to in the employee code of conduct.

-All requests for information offered by journalists and/or members of the media shall be directed to Lincoln Park Zoo’s Public Relations Department.

-Be correct and truthful in posting information about Lincoln Park Zoo, its staff and affiliates. Do not post information or rumors you do not know to be true for Lincoln Park Zoo, its staff and affiliates.

-Posts and updates about Lincoln Park Zoo or its employees, guests or affiliates created during working hours that don’t adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo’s code of conduct may be subject to discipline.

-Photos and videos taken in areas of Lincoln Park Zoo that are not accessible to the public should not be shared as they are subject to the zoo’s Confidentiality of Privileged Information clause. --Photos and videos taken in areas that are accessible to the public can be shared freely, so long as they meet the other terms in this policy. Written permission is required to use any photos taken on zoo grounds for commercial purposes, whether they’re taken in public or non-public areas.


Safe Work Place

Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to providing a safe work place for its volunteers and interns. However, there are certain risks one must be willing to accept when volunteering/interning at Lincoln Park Zoo. Examples of the risks include but are not limited to the following: animal bites, animal scratches, objects moved or thrown by animals, allergic reactions to animals or to substances used at the zoo, wet floors, and interactions with a large number of visitors. Although the zoo staff does its best to minimize the potential for injury, we cannot completely eliminate all risks to our volunteers and interns.

As a potential volunteer, I understand that I am volunteering/interning at Lincoln Park Zoo, that this volunteer/intern work is my own free choice, and that I do not have to perform it for financial or other reasons. I also understand that without this agreement, the zoo would deny permission for me to serve as its volunteer/intern. I understand that my release, waiver, and indemnity of the zoo are given in consideration of the zoo's permission for me to serve as its volunteer/intern.

I fully understand and agree to assume all risks of injury, death, or property damage associated with my participation in the Lincoln Park Zoo's volunteer/intern program. I have discussed with volunteer services the possible risks associated with volunteering/interning at the zoo, and I understand that volunteer services can address any additional questions or concerns I may have about those risks.

I hereby agree, for myself and my spouse, legal representatives, heirs, successors, and assigns, to release, waive and discharge the Lincoln Park Zoo, its directors, officers, employees, agents, and insurance carriers for and from any and all loss, damage, liability, fine, or claim of whatever kind arising from or in connection with any bodily injury to me (including death), or any loss or damage to my property, arising out of, or as a consequence of, my participation in the zoo's volunteer/intern program, even if caused by the acts or omissions of the zoo or its agents or employees, unless the injury, death, or property damage occurred as a result of the zoo's sole negligence.

I further agree to defend, indemnify, keep and hold harmless the Lincoln Park Zoo, its directors, officers, employees, agents, insurance carriers, and other volunteers and interns from all damages, fines, judgments, expenses (including reasonable attorney fees), costs, or liability in law or equity suffered because of the injury to or death of any person or persons, or because of the damage to property that may arise out of, or as a consequence of, my acts while a volunteer/intern at Lincoln Park Zoo.


Please read the following information. By checking the box following the statements you are agreeing to:

Volunteer Agreement

•I certify that the information contained in this application is correct and to the best of my knowledge;

•I have provided references and give the zoo permission to contact those individuals;

•I will voluntarily offer my services with a clear understanding that there will be no monetary compensation;

•I have read and understand the Code of Conduct and agree to comply with the provisions of the Code;

•I have read and understand the Confidentiality and Social Media Policy as they pertain to volunteering and understand that any violation of confidentiality constitutes unacceptable behavior and is grounds for dismissal from volunteer service at Lincoln Park Zoo;

•I have read and agree to the terms set out in the waiver, holds harmless and indemnity information as outlined in the application;

•I understand that filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance into the volunteer program.