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.
Please note that our volunteer recruitment is currently closed for the season. Our next volunteer orientation will take place in 2020 with the date and details to be determined in the fall of 2019. Please check back for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Congratulations to Elfie Ringrose on receiving the Greater Vancouver Zoo 2018 Volunteer of the Year award. Elfie has been nominated by her fellow volunteers and Greater Vancouver Zoo staff due to her 12 years of dedication and service. Elfie has accumulated over 2240 volunteer hours so far and has been a valuable asset to our team. Elfie was honoured by Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums in 2017 when she received their Volunteer of the Year award for all her efforts assisting with our conservation programs. Elfie continues to assist with the Western Painted Turtles, the Oregon Spotted Frogs and the Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly programs, but she never misses a Wednesday food preparation shift, and is always willing to assist with special events and other tasks as needed. We greatly appreciate Elfie's contributions and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.
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 email@example.com 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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(April 1 - September 30)
9:00am - 7:00pm