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

Volunteer shifts available 5:00 pm - 10:15 pm, November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022. 


  • must be 16 years of age or older (parental permission required if under 18)
  • 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 winter hat during your shift (to be provided)
  • must be comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages
  • must follow direction from staff and lead volunteers
  • must complete a COVID-19 screening before the start of each shift


  • 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. 


Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two shifts. All shifts are appoximately five hours.

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

  • After two shifts, you will receive a Zoo Lights travel mug and exclusive Zoo Lights gift.
  • After 10 shifts, you will receive six adult Zoo tickets.
  • After 15 shifts, you will receive a one-year Zoo membership.

Apply to become a volunteer

two volunteers at Zoo Lights

Presenting Sponsor: Red River Co-op 

Platinum Sponsor: The Winnipeg Foundation
Gold Sponsor: Steinbach Credit Union
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