Volunteer - Blank Park Zoo

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Become one of Iowa’s WILDEST Volunteers & see what everyone's roaring about!

Blank Park Zoo is looking for energetic individuals who want to volunteer in a fun and exotic environment.  Join our pride of volunteers today!

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.  If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 please read the section on Zoo Crew and complete a special Zoo Crew application.

We offer lots of great benefits, flexible hours and a large variety of things to do!  Just look at a few of the opportunities we have…

Animal Care Volunteers
Looking to gain experience in animal care?  We may have an opportunity for you.  Opportunities are available with the following teams; Education, Small Mammals, Aquatics, Avian/Reptiles, and Large Mammal –Hoof stock.  Volunteers are placed on a need by need basis and do not work directly with the animals.  Interest in these opportunities does not guarantee there is spot available, area managers determine the number of volunteers allowed to work in their area.  For more information about the jobs requirements please review the following job descriptions contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Education & Conservation Docent Volunteers (Must be at least 18 years of age)
How many bones are in a giraffe's neck? Any of our Zoo Docents can tell you that there are seven…just like humans! As an education volunteer you can help provide information to visitors of all ages through interpretive stations within the zoo. You must enjoy working with children, adults and, of course, animals. (Please note that volunteers do not work directly with animals on exhibit.)

Education Animal Handler (You must take our Animal Handling Class)
Do you enjoy talking to people and telling them about unique animals? Learn how to handle snakes, parrots, hedgehogs and even baby alligators! Then present animals at education programs and special events, don't worry we give you all the information you will need!

Guest Services
Do you like life in the fast lane? Then Guest Services is the habitat for you! If you enjoy helping people, then perhaps you would enjoy working at an information booth or assisting guests as the walk around the zoo. Guest Services also needs volunteers to help with membership sales, Giraffe & Ostrich feeding, and much more!

Did you know the Blank Park Zoo has the largest plant variety in the state? Did you also know that the zoo spans over 22 acres? If you prefer exotic plants to exotic animals then volunteering for the Horticulture Department may begin popping up on your calendar soon! Help with watering, pruning, planting, raking and show off your green thumb!  For more information about our Adopt-a-Garden program please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. 

Skilled Labor Crew
Are you handy with a hammer? Have experience using power tools? We are looking for volunteers who have experience with and are preferably proficient in areas of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and painting. These volunteers will help with maintenance assignments on a project-to-project basis. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a job description

Special Events
From the first beer poured at Zoo Brew to waving the last child goodbye at the end of Night Eyes our special events volunteers are working hard to make each event better than the last. These special volunteers do a variety of things from helping with crafts to working a bar at Zoo Brew. If you like to be where the fun is then volunteer for Special Events!

Group Volunteer Opportunities
Looking to get out of the Office?  We have opportunities for groups to volunteer at the zoo, volunteers must be 13 or older and adult supervision must be present for teen groups.  Service projects usually involve zoo clean up, painting, special event set up, and light construction projects.  To schedule a volunteer day please fill out the Group Volunteer Form and send it to the volunteer manager.
Please note: we do not have opportunities for volunteer groups to work with our animals.

Here's what you need to do to get started…

  • Click Here to complete the application.
  • Wait… the volunteer manager will contact you soon to set up a meeting.  If you don't hear anything within 30 days of sending in your application, please contact us at: 515-974-2551.
  • All volunteer must attend an Orientation.  Orientations are typically held every second Thursday of the month at the Zoo.  The volunteer manager will confirm the date and time with you after the volunteer application is received
  • Start volunteering with special events! All volunteers are required to complete 10 hours before placed in another opportunity.


Court Appointed Community Service:
Blank Park Zoo does not offer community service opportuinities for anyone under the age of 18.

Zoo Crew (Between the ages of 13 and 17 only)  

ZOOCREW is a special opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to get involved at the Blank Park Zoo! As a ZOOCREW volunteer you will have the opportunity to share artifacts from our Safari Stops with zoo visitors, help us keep the zoo looking beautiful, assist Summer Safari Interns with our preschool camps and assist keepers in several areas of the zoo (please note that animal contact is extremely limited). You will also be able to help with Blank Park Zoo Special Events!

Thank you for your interest in Zoo Crew.  Please click here for information and to apply for the Summer 2016 program.

*Questions? Please email Chris Eckles at volunteer@blankparkzoo.net or call at 515-974-2551.


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