Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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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!  Click the links below to look at a few of the opportunities we have…

Upcycle Stewards

Wild Bunch - Upcoming events for local conservation outreach

Adopt-a-Garden

Animal Care Volunteers

Conservation - Saving Animals From Extinction

Development/Events

Education

Guest Services

Skilled Labor Crew


Ready to Get Started?

Here's what you need to start volunteering.

  • 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 volunteers must attend an Orientation and pass a background check.
  • Background checks must be completed before applicants can volunteer and are at the cost of the volunteer.  Background checks cost $25. Information will be given to volunteer applicants before they attend orientation.
  • Orientations are typically held ever 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.

 

PLEASE NOTE - IF YOU ONLY WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR NIGHT EYES, YOU DO NOT NEED TO FILL OUT THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION.  Please check back August 2018 for Night Eyes volunteering.

 

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

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

Zoo Crew is a special opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to volunteer at the Zoo! The purpose of the Zoo Crew programs is to engage young adults in volunteer opportunities, instill knowledge about the zoo, and inspire an appreciation for the natural world.  First year Zoo Crew volunteer opportunities include: assisting Summer Safari camp counselors with preschool campers, providing information about the zoo as guest service and education/conservation guides, and keeping the zoo beautiful.  Zoo Crew volunteers are also encouraged to volunteer during family friendly special events!

Thank you for your interest in Zoo Crew.  We are no longer taking applications for Summer 2018.  Please check back in January to apply for the Summer 2019 program.

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


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.


Court Appointed Community Service

Blank Park Zoo does not offer community service opportuinities for anyone under the age of 18.


BPZ Volunteer Purpose Statement

To engage the community in meaningful volunteer opportunities, instill knowledge, enhance the zoo visitor’s experience, and inspire an appreciation for the natural world.

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