Volunteer

Become A NEW Zoo Volunteer

Volunteer driving train

General Zoo Volunteer Program

What do Zoo Volunteers do? 

The opportunities available will depend on the season and weather, but possibilities are nearly endless!*

  • Help with the zoo’s special events, such as Zoo Boo, Holiday Fest, and more
  • Assist with special projects around the zoo, including cleaning, maintenance, art projects, etc.
  • Assist with education programs, such as Summer Zoo Camp and Zoo Snooze overnights
  • Help with clerical tasks and record keeping as needed
  • Help in the Mayan Restaurant and Visitor Center
  • Drive the Train or run the Carousel
  • Supervise the Giraffe Stand
  • A variety of other tasks!

*Please note that the majority of NEW Zoo volunteers ARE NOT able to work directly with zoo animals, for safety and other reasons.  We have many opportunities that are not directly related to animal care.  Individuals who are more interested in working directly with zoo animals should consider an Internship instead.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Children aged 8 to 14 can volunteer with adult supervision.  We are unable to accommodate volunteers younger than age 8
  • Volunteers 15 or older can assist without adults on-site
  • Volunteers must serve a minimum of 20 hours per calendar year to be considered Active Members of the Volunteer Program
  • Scheduling is flexible

To become a Zoo Volunteer

  • Complete the Application*
    • Fill out this online form or download and print the PDF version of the application to submit through US Mail
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session
    • After your application is received, you will be notified of the dates of upcoming Orientation Sessions
  • You must pay a small fee for a Volunteer t-shirt  (unless volunteering only for a special event)
  • Please add the email address bc_zoo_education@co.brown.wi.us to your safe folder in order to ensure you receive our volunteer invitations and correspondence

*Please note:  it may take up to two weeks for your Application to be processed.  If you do not receive an email response from us within two weeks of submitting your application, contact the  Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@newzoo.org.  Volunteers must be able to communicate with the Volunteer Coordinator via email.  Due to the large number of volunteers that pass in and out of our system, we are not able to keep volunteers without access to email updated on the NEW Zoo’s volunteer needs, opportunities, and policies.

Special Event Volunteer Program

Zoo Boo Treat Station

Individuals interested in assisting ONLY with special events (such as Zoo Boo, Easter EggStravaganZoo, etc.) can do so without completing the online application and attending an Orientation Session.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator.  We can also accept corporate groups for team-building volunteer activities during certain times of the year.

Contact The Volunteer Coordinator with Questions