Our volunteer programs are an integral part of how we take and inspire action to save wildlife and wild places. Each year, our dedicated volunteers donate more than 50,000 hours, providing invaluable support that directly benefits our visitors, our community, and the animals in our care.

Volunteers donate their skills to our year-round operation in a number of areas such as: Customer service, administration, special events, visitor engagement, horticulture, educational programs and animal care support. A variety of positions and shifts are available during the weekdays and on weekends, and you can choose what works for your schedule, including popular special events like ZOOLIGHTS.


Adult Volunteer Program

Complete the application to apply for a position, and a member of the Volunteer Resources team will contact you.

Please note:

  • A minimum commitment of 50 hours per year is required.

  • Volunteers do not interact with animals at the Calgary Zoo.

ONLINE VOLUNTEER Application (Adult)  


Calgary Zoo Junior Zoo Guides Program - Applications Open!

Over the summer months and for our special events, your zoo's youth volunteers engage and inspire to take action for wildlife. Junior Zoo Guides are for youth 14 - 17 years of age. We are looking for enthusiastic, personable, and dedicated youth to help us around the park. From helping out with kids camps, helping guests find their way, and participating in special events - volunteers are needed on a daily basis. Junior Zoo Guides will also be inspiring our guests to take actions that benefit conservation and stewardship of our natural world. 


  • Be able to volunteer June 2020 - June 2021.

  • Be between 14 and 17 years of age.

  • Attend interview, orientation and training session (June 13, 2020)

  • Make a year-round commitment. As a Junior Zoo Guide you are expected to contribute at least 80 hours, including 60 hours during the summer and 20 hours in special events.

  • Have dependability and enthusiasm in spades.

  • Able to complete shifts independently.

  • Please note that volunteers do not interact with animals at the Calgary Zoo.

Questions? Contact the VR Team at [email protected]

Thank you to the RBC Foundation for supporting our Junior Zoo Guides Program and helping youth gain valuable skills for the future.

ONLINE Junior Zoo Guides Application  


Volunteer Resources

The following resource links are for current volunteers only (login required): 

MyImpact Page

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