John Ball Zoo


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. The next one will be Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 pm in the Ball Room which is on 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, May's session will be Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 am. Through the summer, these will be repeated on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm.

To become a volunteer you will need to attend one of the above information sessions, fill in and submit an electronic application, interview with the volunteer manager, successfully complete the required background checks and attend the necessary training session(s).
Find out more about the different volunteers here at John Ball Zoo:
Ambassadors, Animal Care, Dive, Park, Service Groups and Teens.

Volunteer Application