John Ball Zoo

Our Volunteer Opportunities

What do John Ball Zoo Volunteers do? We have more than 200 volunteers who ‘work’ in a variety of capacities – educating visitors, assisting animal care staff, caring for the gardens, assisting at special events, and more. We offer training throughout the year. We ask volunteers to give us 75 hours of service each year. 

Want to know more?

Come to an information session where we will tell you about all our volunteer opportunities, requirements, training, etc. Our last information session of 2017 will be on Sunday, October 15th at 2 pm. We meet in the upper level of the Zoo’s Administration Building – the big red brick building with the green awning out in the Park. RSVP's although helpful are not mandatory and can be made to (616) 336-4317, or Please note that the Animal Care, Dive and Horticulture placements are Full at this time, we do still have openings for Ambassador volunteers! 

Ready to sign up?

Attending an information session is the first step to becoming a volunteer! After attending an information session you will be asked to interview with the volunteer manager, submit an online application, successfully complete the required background checks and attend the necessary training session(s) before you volunteering may begin. The process usually takes about 4 weeks from Information session until your 1st shift as a volunteer! While you wait check out the different volunteer opportunities by following the links below, please note that all volunteers must be over 18 unless accepeted into the teen volunteer program. 

Find out more about the different volunteers here at John Ball Zoo:
Ambassadors, Animal Care, Dive, Park, Service Groups and Teens.