John Ball Zoo


These volunteers offer services and activities in the park and gardens such as planting, raking, weeding, parking, trail work, greeting visitors, etc. The work is seasonal with shifts usually occuring in the morning. Once trained you may be able to set your own schedule for when you want to help in the Park.

There are currently no openings in horticulture. 


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


To help the horticulture crew 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 

Current Opportunities 

There are no current horticulture opportunities.

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