John Ball Zoo

Are You an Early Riser? Like Physical Activity?

We have a new volunteer opportunity! We need someone to help with hay/straw and frozen fish deliveries to the various exhibits. Our warehouse staff need help on Sundays and Wednesdays 7:30-10:30 am loading the carts and delivering the goods to the exhibits in the Zoo. You would help load the trailers and go with staff through the zoo taking the stuff to the aquarium, or African exhibit, and others. If this sounds interesting to you, please contact Jim, Volunteer Manager, 616 336-4317,

Our Other 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.They will be 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, The next one will be Sunday August 21 at 2:00.

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