Zoo Volunteer Program

  • Animal Ambassador Supervision
  • Animal Diet Preparation
  • Education Program Assistance
  • Event Planning
  • Ground Keeping Assistance
  • Guest Assistance

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Roosevelt Park Zoo has a multi-faceted volunteer program that allows eager adults to fit their wish to assist at the zoo either year-round or during the summer months.  There are a myriad of programs to choose from, depending on each volunteer’s special interests and background.

Sign up and Training sessions are held bi-yearly in Spring and Fall for individual volunteers. Contact us for days and times at 701.857.4166.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Being part of the Roosevelt Park Zoo’s wildlife educational program.
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and be trained in a myriad of educational and zoological programs
  • Although it is not required, we prefer our volunteers to become zoo members, therefore a $5.00 discount for a yearly zoo membership is offered to all of our regular volunteers.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older, complete a volunteer application and agree to a background check.
  • Must be willing to fulfill either a year-round volunteer requirement of 60 hours or 6 month spring/summer season of 30 hours. Most shifts are approximately 3 hours.
  • Must be able to maintain a professional and positive attitude in a fun family environment.
  • Some areas require a negative TB test
  • Must be willing to work within the schedules of the volunteer’s chosen area(s).

Volunteer Opportunities

~ Educational Program: Do you have a background in education? Do you enjoy working with children? A volunteer in this area will help prepare crafts and other materials needed to teach a class to students of various age groups. This assistant can accompany zoo staff to school classrooms or assist at the zoo and be the essential aide that helps a class run smoothly and professionally. This volunteer opportunity is available year-round and may require a negative TB test.

~ Children’s Zoo/North Trail Volunteers: Interact with people of all ages in the Children’s Zoo and help answer the many curious questions which visitors have at this exciting area of the zoo! Training may me required for this position in order to be familiar with the specific animals in the Children’s Zoo. This is a 6 month volunteer opportunity (May to October) and requires a negative TB test.

~ Aviary Volunteers: If you have an affinity for birds, this is the place to spread your wings! Your enthusiastic assistance would allow you to assist the staff in any way needed to take care of the birds and to also answer questions from inquisitive visitors! Additional training may be required. This is a 6 month volunteer opportunity (May to October).

~ Seasonal Docents: This is an essential part of the volunteer program! Do you love to speak in front of groups, meet people? Be a “tour guide”! Docents take roles as providing walking tours, bio-fact carts, assisting at special exhibits, events and provide vital information about specific animals, habitats and general information about the zoo and zoo history. This is a 6 month volunteer opportunity (May to October) and may require a negative TB test.

~ Buildings & Grounds: Do you love to be outdoors? Volunteers assist in the care of the zoo grounds in specific areas/habitats at the zoo. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs or more. This volunteer opportunity is available year-round.

~ Administrative Aide (Zoo Visitor Center & Office): The zoo would run “wild” without the patient administrative staff in the office that provides all of the technical support for the zoo and all of its departments. People are needed with administrative and computer backgrounds to help with the public, answer phone calls, process mailings and input of information into data systems. This volunteer opportunity is available year-round.

~ Cleaning and Dietary prep Aide: Do you love to feed and take care of animals? These aides will be trained to work with the zoo staff in assisting with the daily needs of the animals and their habitats. Dedicated aides would learn the specifics of how to keep the animals happy and healthy. Specific training will be needed along with being able to lift 50 lbs or more plus a recent negative TB screen before the start of training in this area. This volunteer opportunity is available year-round.

~ Visitor Center Greeter: Are you a friendly, outgoing person? The visitor center greeters will welcome guests to Roosevelt Park Zoo, inform them of daily activities or events, and answer general entrance questions, as well as direct traffic entering the admissions and gift shop areas. This is primarily a 6 month volunteer opportunity (May to October) and will also be needed during special events throughout the remainder of the year.

~ Special Events: Our special events would not be possible without dedicated volunteers. RPZ and Minot Zoo Crew hold many special events throughout the year that include fun for all ages: from our Easter Egg Hunt, Boo at the Zoo, Conservation Day, World Giraffe Day as well as events for guests over 21, such as Bacon & Brew and our newest adult event, Wild Spirits. Be a part of our special event army! Some events may require the purchase of a ticket for the event itself.


“Many hands make light work”