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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.

There are four main roles for adult volunteers at the Great Plains Zoo.  Applicants are asked to identify a role (or roles) they would like to fill at the time of their application.  Each role requires specific training and has a required time commitment. 

Docent: Engage guests by interpreting at animal exhibits and presenting Discovery Carts throughout the Zoo.  Must commit to a regular schedule and a minimum of 1 hour a week or 4 hours a month.

Animal Diet Assistant: Assist keepers in the preparation of animal diets.  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 COVID-19 vaccination.

Museum Assistant: Assist in the routine cleaning of the mounted animals in the Delbridge Museum. (Limited opportunities available.)

Special Events Assistant: Assist with set-up, tear-down, and other needed tasks for special events and facility rentals.   Must commit to at least four events a year.

*Please note that the only opportunities for volunteers to work directly with our animals are through our Animal Care Internships (for college students) and our Junior ZooKeeper program (for teens ages 12-18). 

*To get involved in the Zoo’s Volunteer Program you must be at least 18 years old and must undergo a background check.  Complete the form below to apply.


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 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 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.