Opportunities for Adults
All volunteers begin as Ambassadors. In this role, volunteers greet and welcome visitors as they explore the Zoo, Park and The Leaf. Ambassadors enrich the visitor experience by providing information and directions, solving problems, and sharing information about everything Assiniboine Park and Zoo has to offer! Ambassadors also support the delivery of special events including Zoo events like Red Panda Weekend and Polar Bear Weekend, and larger events like Boo at the Zoo. Ambassadors have the opportunity to choose shifts in a variety of areas.
If you are outgoing and love making facts “come alive” for an audience, we need you on our team. Using friendly inquiring techniques and tools, Engagement Ambassadors interact with adults and children throughout the Park, Zoo and The Leaf, sharing information about our animals and plants and inspiring a connection to the environment and conservation. Additional training is required.
Through conversation and storytelling, Engagement Ambassadors enhance the visitor experience by:
- promoting an appreciation of our animals and plants and their environments.
- inspiring a connection to the environment and conservation.
Visitor Services Concierge
Concierge volunteers assist the Visitor Services team at the Zoo and The Leaf entrances in this high energy position. Volunteers guide visitors from around the world and close to home, answer questions, and keep the lineups moving.
Concierge volunteers enhance the visitor experience by:
- providing line support.
- answering questions, providing directions and highlighting key attractions and experiences.
- helping visitors plan and make the most out of their visit to the Zoo or The Leaf.
Animal Care Workforce Volunteers
Do you have experience working with animals or are you studying for an animal related or conservation career? If yes, the Animal Care Workforce Volunteer position might be right for you! Our volunteer workforce will assist us in creating a place where people experience the wonders of nature in a way that inspires them to conserve it for the future. If you have an interest in spending quality time at Assiniboine Park Zoo and supporting our staff in their daily tasks, we invite you to join our dedicated Workforce Volunteers.
Opportunities for Teens
There are two opportunities for teen volunteers at Assiniboine Park & Zoo - Teen Ambassador and Zoo Camp Crew. Please click here to learn more about these exciting opportunities.
Zoo Camp Crew
This is a unique opportunity for youth aged 14 to 18 to earn community service hours while working with 6 to 12 year old children under the direction of our Education team. The Zoo Camp Crew supports camp staff as campers participate in a variety of activities and explore the Zoo and Park. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 40 hours served in one week blocks in July and August (weekdays only). Fun and engaging orientation and training provided in June.
The Zoo Camp Crew enhances the camp experience by:
- entertaining campers during free time and befriending individual campers as needed.
- setting a positive example and fostering an appreciation of nature.
- assisting staff with set-up, take-down, and clean-up during camp activities.
This opportunity is for youth ages 14 to 18 looking to earn community service hours while working with visitors at the Zoo and The Leaf. Teen Ambassadors greet visitors, provide directions, help create a welcoming environment, and more! This opportunity requires a commitment of a minimum of one volunteer shift per week for the months of July and August.
Special Events Volunteers support special events throughout the year at the Zoo including Boo at the Zoo and Zoo Lights. Recruitment for special event volunteers will occur in the lead up to such events. We are not currently recruiting special event volunteers – please check back seasonally!
Conservation Volunteer Opportunities
Are you interested in wildlife biology and conducting research? Do you want to develop skills and gain experience? These opportunities are available for students pursuing college or university training in social or natural sciences of other related fields. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have easy access to a computer and/or smart phone.
Businesses, schools and community organizations of 5 – 15 people are welcome to apply for the opportunity to come out and help beautify the park. We supply the equipment and you supply the people power to pick up litter throughout the Park. Volunteers must be 14+ years of age. We require at least one adult volunteer chaperone for every 10 volunteers between 14 and 18 years of age. Request must be received at least 30 days in advance.