The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center depends on dedicated volunteers to support our mission of education, conservation and rehabilitation. Training is provided by the staff and other experienced volunteers and interns

A volunteer wearing a mask is holding a fennec fox. The fox is facing the camera and you can see its face over the volunteer's shoulder.
A volunteer snuggles a fennec fox.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Able to commit at least four hours a week
  • Willing to provide a six-month commitment 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Animal Care
  • Gift Shop and Ticket Booth
  • Gardening and grounds maintenance
  • Give guided tours of The Zoo
  • Education programs
  • Special events throughout the season such as Brew at The Zoo, Wine Safari, Spooky Safari and more

Application Procedure

Volunteers must submit a completed application to

Volunteer Application

For information on one-day group volunteer opportunities, please email

The Zoo is open weekends only and daily during Conn. and Mass. April Vacation Week (4/8-4/21)