The Great Plains Zoo invites you to become a part of its volunteer program! The purpose of our adult volunteer program is to support the education and conservation efforts of the Great Plains Zoo.
We are currently looking for volunteers to fill one of three roles at the Great Plains Zoo. Applicants are asked to identify which role (or roles) they would like to fill at the time of their application.
Docents engage Zoo guests by interpreting at animal exhibits and presenting animal artifacts throughout the Zoo. Training on how to interact with our guests as well as animal information is provided. We ask that Docents commit to a regular schedule and contribute a minimum of one hour per week or four hours per month.
Farm Attendants monitor guest and animal interactions in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm. We ask that Farm Attendants commit to a regular schedule and contribute a minimum of one hour per week.
Diet Preparation Assistants work in our diet kitchen and assist the keepers in the preparation of animal diets. Diet Assistants must commit to a regular schedule and a minimum of 4 hours a month. Diet Assistants must provide proof of a negative TB test annually and proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. (Limited opportunities available.)
*To join the Zoo’s Adult Volunteer Program you must be at least 18 years old and must undergo a background check. Complete the form below to apply.
*Please note that the only opportunities for volunteers to work directly with our animals are through our Junior ZooKeeper program (for teens ages 12-18).
Interested in helping with Special Events, like ZooBoo or Zippity Zoo Day? One-time volunteer opportunities are available for adults ages 18 and up, and for ages 12 and up if accompanied by an adult. For more information, please email Volunteers@GPZoo.org or call (605) 367-8313 x233.
Looking for a one-time opportunity for your group to volunteer? Seasonal projects are available for corporate groups, church groups, youth groups, and other community groups. Groups may include students as young as 12 if accompanied by adults. Contact Leigh at LSpencer@GPZoo.org for more information!
Already a volunteer? Click here to access your Volgistics profile and schedule.
If you have any questions or need more information about volunteering at the Great Plains Zoo, please email Volunteers@GPZoo.org or call (605) 367-8313 x233. To apply, complete the form below!
Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.Taylor F.
We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.Robin A.
Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.Stephanie N.
The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.Bill T.