Become A NEW Zoo Volunteer
Apply On Line
After your application has been received and processed, an email will be sent to you with the dates of the upcoming volunteer orientations. You must complete one volunteer orientation before you can start volunteering.
Contact The Volunteer Coordinator
Education and Volunteer Coordinator contact
Why should I volunteer?
Our volunteers help make the NEW Zoo a better place for people and animals alike - and besides, it's fun. There is a great satisfaction in knowing that you are doing your part to promote the preservation of the world's species and ecosystems. You can make a difference.
I am considering a career in this field and would like to gain experience with captive animal management.
The Animal Department provides biology students with the opportunity to learn more about career options. You will also gain valuable experience that will aid in your job search. Ask your teachers or professors about volunteering for school credit! We also have several internship openings. Some zoology coursework and animal handling experience is preferred but is not mandatory if you have willingness to learn!
Maybe I can work with the animals by teaching others about them?
Education is a foundation of the NEW Zoo philosophy. Our education volunteers gain hands on experience with animals as they share information with people of all ages. Education department opportunities are available for everyone from beginners to professional biologists.
I work in an office all day and would like to get outside.
For many people, getting their hands dirty in the great outdoors is really the only way to break the 9 to 5 routine. Maintenance volunteers provide the grounds upkeep to make the NEW Zoo "the pride of Northeastern Wisconsin." Zoo watchers spend time outdoors watching the animals and recording important behavioral observations.
I enjoy working with people . . . can I help?
The visitor center provides volunteers the opportunity to meet people and gain experience in a retail setting. The gift shop is always busy with visitors making purchases and asking questions.
For safety reason, all of our volunteers must be at least 8 years of age and children under the age of 14 volunteer must be accompanied by parent or other adult. Some of the activities that volunteers can sign up for have additional age requirements.
Volunteers should be willing to work at least 3 hours per week.
- Discovery Carts
- Zoo Watch
- Exhibit Windows
- Wallaby Yard/ Raking
- Special events
- Amphitheatre Presentations
- Special Projects
- Giraffe Crackers
- Visitor's Center
- Roving (with biofacts)
- Office Helper
- Husbandry Assistant (K4)
- Guided Tours
- Contact Station
- Roving (with live animals)