Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a John Ball Zoo volunteer. Once you complete the form, click the Continue button at the bottom.

Contact Information

Please enter your contact information.

Who will be volunteering?

Please indicate if you are looking for an opportunity for yourself or for a group you represent.

Volunteering Time

We have a variety of commitment levels for both groups and individuals! Please tell us how many hours you want to give to John Ball Zoo and how often you want to give those hours.

A specific number or range is fine.

How you can help!

Choose all that apply, the selections will help us match you to an open opportunity! If you have an interest or skill not listed you would like us to take into consideration, please tell us in the box provided.

All opportunities contribute to achieving the John Ball Zoo mission to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment.

Available Assignments

Please review assignments and indicate any you are interested in. Please take note of the requirements to see if it is a good fit for you.


Select the times, days of the week, and dates that will work for your volunteer time. Please note that these are general times and the actual shift may be different.

Demographic Information

Please provide your birthdate as some assignments have a minimum age requirement. You may optionally provide additional information allowing us to get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.

Emergency Contact

Please provide an emergency contact.

Volunteer Agreement

I understand that if I am offered a volunteer opportunity, it is contingent upon satisfactorily passing a background check. I also understand that all information in this application may be checked and I hereby authorize those named in this application to provide John Ball Zoo with any information that may be requested to make a decision. 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.

If I am a volunteer at the Zoo, 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 Zoo grounds, and I understand and accept the risks associated with these activities.

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.