John Ball Zoo

Park Volunteers

These volunteers offer services and activities in the park and gardens such as planting, raking, weeding, parking, trail work, greeting visitors, etc. The work of Park Volunteers is seasonal. You can set your own schedule for when you want to help in the Park.


Individuals who like to be outdoors, enjoy doing yard work, being active and setting their own hours.


To help the horticulture, grounds and maintenance crews keep John Ball Zoo and it's surrounding park beautiful!

Possible Duties:

  • Picking up trash in the parking lots
  • Planting flowers in the spring
  • Weeding gardens, flower beds, and pots
  • Watering flower pots
  • Deadheading flowers
  • Maintaining the Rose Garden
  • Hauling compost bins


  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to tolerate the sometimes physically strenuous and demanding requirements of the activities and weather
  • Meet with the Volunteer Department and/or Horticulture staff for an interview and orientation
  • Successfully complete required background checks 

For more information or to schedule an interview please contact 616 336-4317 or email

Volunteer Application