Volunteers help visitors enjoy a spectacular experience every night at Zoo Lights!

Volunteer shifts vary between 3 - 5 hours depending on night and volunteer position. Shifts are available:

November 24 - January 7
Sunday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 10:15 pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:15 pm

Zoo Lights is closed on the following dates: November 27 and 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25

Volunteer Requirements

  • must be 16 years of age or older
  • must commit to at least two shifts throughout Zoo Lights
  • must be able to spend extended periods of time outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • must be able to move around easily outdoors either on foot or with the use of mobility aids
  • must wear a Zoo Lights branded item during your shift (to be provided)
  • must be comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages
  • must follow direction from staff and lead volunteers

Volunteer Positions

  • Fire Pit Attendants
  • Visitor Services Concierge
  • Event Ambassador
  • Access Control Ambassador

All positions require volunteers to spend time outdoors and have great communication skills. We will make an effort to assign tasks you prefer. However, a certain degree of flexibility is required.

Volunteer schedules are subject to change. Detailed position descriptions will be provided upon receipt of application.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two shifts. Shifts vary between 3 - 5 hours based on night of the week and volunteer position.

Every shift you will receive coffee, hot chocolate, water, and pre-packaged snacks.

  • After one shift, you will receive a Zoo Lights item. 
  • After two shifts, you will receive an exclusive Zoo Lights branded gift.
  • After 5 shifts, you will receive six adult Zoo tickets.
  • After 10 shifts, you will receive a one-year Zoo membership.
  • After 15 shifts, you will receive an Assiniboine Park Conservancy gift card.

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two volunteers at Zoo Lights

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Zoo Lights Presenting Sponsor: Red River Co-op 

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