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 next sessions are on Sunday, June 18th at 2 pm, Sunday, July 16th at 2 pm, and Sunday, August 20th 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, We are not able to take new animal care volunteers for summer time only, please see the Animal Care page for more details.


Attending an information session is the first step to becoming a volunteer! You will also be asked to fill in and submit an online 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.