Go Wild…Volunteer At The Minnesota Zoo!

Volunteers make an impact at the Minnesota Zoo! Opportunities abound for teenagers through senior-agers looking for fun, unique and interesting volunteer positions.

The health and safety of our volunteers is paramount and the current environment brings many challenges with it.
At this time the zoo is closed, current volunteers are not at the zoo and we are not accepting applications for any of our volunteer programs.
We look forward to the time when volunteers are back on our campus and we are able to begin recruiting volunteers for our programs.

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Why become a Minnesota Zoo Volunteer?
People just like you volunteer at the Minnesota Zoo for many different reasons. Common responses to this question include:

  • love of animals and/or plants
  • concern for the environment
  • conservation focused
  • make new friends
  • expand knowledge
  • the need to share time & talents
  • gain experience in the field
  • the list could go on and on

Do I need training to volunteer?
This simple answer is yes, and we provide the training that you will need in order to be successful in your volunteer role at the Minnesota Zoo. Every position has different requirements. For example, training at the Conservation Carousel starts with a zoo orientation and then on-the-job training. Other positions, like our adult interpretive volunteer, require a longer training period.

How does my volunteer service to the Minnesota Zoo make a difference?
“Connecting people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife” is our mission and our vision is “to be a leader in saving wildlife through engagement, inspiration and action”.  We are the #1 environmental education center in the state of Minnesota.  Not only are volunteers instrumental in sharing information with our guests about the 4,300+ animals we exhibit,  they also are trained to tell our conservation stories that focus on our collection of animals here at the Zoo, and wild animals in Minnesota and those around the globe that are in danger of extinction.   Do volunteers make a difference at the Minnesota Zoo?  Absolutely!  More than 1,300 volunteers give 110,000 hours of service annually sharing our conservation messages.  We call that AMAZING!