John Ball Zoo

Education Volunteers

Education volunteers, also known as Ambassadors, help the Zoo serve its conservation and education mission by interacting with our guests, informing them of the wonders of wildlife, and teaching about the animals in our collection. 


To engage visitors in the wonders of wildlife, help instill a conservation ethic and share enthusiasm for animals.

Possible Duties

  • Staffing the interactive exhibits. Including the Budgie Aviary, Wallabies, and Hobby Farm Corral
  • Discover Carts & Critter Chats - Interacting with zoo guests about animals with props and biofacts 
  • Assist with school groups - Zoo Explorer tours and Zoo Lab
  • Assist with Youth & Family Programs - Kid's Night Out, Twilight Tours, and Sprouts
  • Animal Handling - After additional training and logged hours as an ambassador volunteer, one can use animals from the education collection for presentations both on and off-site. 
  • Special Events 


Individuals with an interest in animals, people, and conservation - no experience necessary!


  • Must be 18 years of age of older
  • Ability to communicate with visitors
  • Ability to maneuver to stations in the Zoo
  • Attend the required trainings offered in person and/or online
  • Meet with the Volunteer Manager for an interview and orientation
  • Successfully complete required background checks 

Current Opportunities

Application will open February 2020 

  • Orientation on March 21st 
  • Training on March 28th

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