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VOLUNTEER

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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 Orientation

Volunteer recruitment for 2017 is complete. If you are interested in  applying you will need to wait until March 2018. Please contact volunteer@gvzoo.com for more details or to request an application.

Volunteer Roles and Requirements

There are many different roles that are available as a volunteer of the Zoo and there are a few requirements:

ROLES

  • Special Event Assistants: If you like decorating and facilitating special events, there is always something going on at the Zoo. Whether it’s Easter or the Zoo Anniversary, assistance is always welcome.
  • Guest Services: Represent the Zoo and its volunteers at the Information Booth where guests are provided with directions, the Interpretive Talk schedule, and upcoming special events. Promote birthday parties, sleepovers and animal adoptions. You can also facilitate a craft activity, display some animal artifacts, or do some face painting
  • Zoo Patrollers: Stroll around the facility to answer inquiries about animals, provide directions, and spread awareness regarding zoo rules.
  • Animal Ambassadors: Do you have a favourite animal? Learn all about this animal and act as its zoo representative when interacting with zoo guests. Answer questions about the animal’s name, diet, and status in the wild.
  • Zoo Operations: There is an extensive list of projects for volunteers to work on all year long, from raking leaves to weeding.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Enthusiastic, energetic and interested in working with the public and nature
  • Minimum 16 years of age or accompanied by a responsible adult willing to volunteer and meet program requirements
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Agree to background reference and criminal record check
  • Submit application package prior to deadline indicated
  • Attend a 3 hour orientation and a 3 hour training session
  • Willing to complete a 25 hour probation period within 4 months of start date
  • Commit to a minimum of 6 volunteer hours of service per month

If you meet all the above requirements and would like to apply to the Greater Vancouver Zoo Volunteer Program, please email volunteer@gvzoo.com and request an application package. You may also contact us if you have any questions regarding the volunteer program.

Volunteer Testimonial

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

Volunteer of the Year

When Elfie began volunteering at the zoo, our current Animal Care manager was in charge of the Vivarium where our reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, fish, and invertebrates are housed. Elfie had no difficulty following direction and taking the initiative to assist with cleaning and educating the public about these underrated animals. Elfie was and is a committed volunteer. She is dependable and reliable, and is capable of tackling any task assigned to her with little to no direction. Elfie would arrive on a weekly basis and spend her mornings assisting with cleaning animal enclosures, washing windows and floors, diet preparation and assisting with educational programming. Since then, Elfie has demonstrated an inspirational understanding of how all animals, big and small, are an important part of a healthy ecosystem and deserve our respect.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo greatly appreciates Elfie and all our wonderful volunteers. Congratulations and thanks for everything you do from the Greater Vancouver Zoo animals, staff and management!

Greater Vancouver Zoo Photography Society

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 Photography Society. We would be lost without the support of this great team of photographers and friends.

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.

Unfortunately at this time we are not expanding our Zoo's Photography Society. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for updates.

CONTACT

Phone: 604.856.6825
Fax: 604.857.9008
Email: info@gvzoo.com

Address:
5048 - 264th Street
Aldergrove, BC V4W 1N7

HOURS

Winter Hours
(October 1 - March 31)
9:00am - 4:00pm

Summer Hours
(April 1 - September 30)
9:00am - 7:00pm