Volunteering at the Greater Vancouver Zoo provides participants with a unique opportunity to have some fun in a beautiful setting while learning about zoo operations, animal care, and conservation education. Volunteers are a valuable asset to the organization and we welcome friendly and outgoing individuals to help provide a meaningful experience for the guests who visit the facility all year round.
Volunteer recruitment for 2017 is complete. If you are interested in applying you will need to wait until March 2018. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to request an application.
There are many different roles that are available as a volunteer of the Zoo and there are a few requirements:
If you meet all the above requirements and would like to apply to the Greater Vancouver Zoo Volunteer Program, please email email@example.com and request an application package. You may also contact us if you have any questions regarding the volunteer program.
Why I love being a volunteer at the Greater Vancouver Zoo:
"Being a volunteer at the Greater Vancouver Zoo allows me the opportunity to be involved in things that matter to me! As a former teacher, I enjoy educating others about the conservation, preservation and protection of animals. As a volunteer, I am part of a dedicated community of others who also believe in the vision of the zoo. I get to engage in a wide variety of activities that I love which easily work around my own work schedule. Whether it’s being involved with animal care, guest relations, trade shows, maintenance, special events, info booth or just chatting with guests, there’s always something new and exciting to do!"
-Kathy, dedicated volunteer
Aldergrove,B.C. – (November 2, 2017)–The Greater Vancouver Zoo (GVZ) congratulates their committed volunteer Elfie Ringrose, who was recently awarded Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA/AZAC) Volunteer of the Year Award. Announced at the national conference in Ottawa, the award recognizes the valuable short or long-term contribution a volunteer has made to a member Institution of CAZA/AZAC
.Since 2007, Elfie has accumulated over 1,460 volunteer hours and is still going strong. “We were very pleased to honour Elfie with GVZ’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year award as voted by her peers and are appreciative that her hard work and dedication is also recognized via CAZA/AZAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award,” says GVZ animal care manager Menita Prasad. “Elfie has become one of our most reliable volunteers through the years and faithfully tends to her duties every Wednesday and Friday morning and is happy to assist anytime supplemental assistance is required. Elfie is a fabulous role model for zoo staff and other volunteers and we are honoured she chooses to volunteer her time with us.”
The GVZ is also pleased to announce that all the hard work by the dedicated staff and volunteers has paid off as the zoo has passed another five-year accreditation inspection conducted by members of Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums with flying colours.
Accreditation means that GVZ upholds and adheres to the highest standard of animal care, safety and education as determined by the foremost professionals in the zoological and aquarium field. Furthermore, it showcases that GVZ plays a critical role in supporting species conservation and biodiversity.
Are you a photographer? Are you interested in wildlife?
You, too, could join the very talented bunch that we have with us called the Greater Vancouver Zoo Photo Society. We would be lost without the support of this great team of photographers and friends.
As a Greater Vancouver Zoo Volunteer with the Photo Society, your role would be to utilize your skills as a photographer during your visits to the Zoo. Photographing various animals on your visits and submitting them to the Zoo monthly for the Zoo's use in advertising and social media!
*Photos taken at the Zoo cannot be used for commercial purposes or personal gain other than building a personal portfolio
The Greater Vancouver Zoo would like to thank our exceptional team of volunteer photographers who provide us with photos that we use for signs at the Zoo, advertisements and promotions of all kind.
If you meet all the above requirements and would like to apply to the Greater Vancouver Zoo Photo Society Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request an application and volunteer benefits package. You may also contact us if you have any questions regarding the program.
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