Do you have a wild side? Become a volunteer

The Zoo In Forest Park, as a non-profit organization, depends on many dedicated volunteers to support the Zoo and its educational mission. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available. Adult volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. 

The Zoo is able to grow and better serve the community in great part because of the active volunteers who give of their time and talents. Training is provided by the staff and experienced volunteers.

More Volunteer Opportunities

  • Help with Animal Care
  • Assist in the Gift Shop and Ticket Booth
  • Office work with memberships, Mailings, Adopt An Animal, and other projects
  • Work with Junior Zookeepers and College Interns
  • Help with Gardening and Grounds Maintenance
  • Give Guided Tours of the Zoo
  • Conduct "Zoo On The Go" presentations and "Discovery Programs"
  • Help with Special Events

Volunteer Gardeners Needed

The Zoo needs gardeners to help with spring clean-up and planting. Help is needed to enlarge our butterfly gardens and in identifying and labeling plants in the gardens, as well as trees and shrubs within the zoo grounds. Please call the Volunteer Center at the zoo for more information (413) 733-2251 ext. 301

High School and College Internships

Unpaid internships are offered for spring, summer, and fall semesters. Get hands-on familiarity in working with a variety of animals, and guidance in conducting a project of your choice. We work in conjunction with school supervisors to provide a meaningful customized experience.

The Internship Program at the Zoo In Forest Park provides an array of opportunities for college students to acquire hands-on experience working with exotic and indigenous animal species. The Zoo provides opportunities to conduct research and field studies, and gives practical experience in developing research methods, and communication and teaching skills.

Interns work closely with the animal care staff, our education and administrative staff, adult volunteers, and Junior Zookeepers. Interns may conduct educational programs and workshops in collaboration with the Education Department, while they gain confidence through public speaking.

Application Procedure

Please fill out the application and return at least four weeks before the start of your school session.

Interested? Fill out an application!

Recurring Donation

$10 $25 $50 $75 $100