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Event Lead


This position will open for experienced volunteers in 2023! However, you can fill out a Volunteer Interest Form here. We’ll get you on our email list so you’ll be the first to know when the role becomes available for the season.

Event Leads are an indispensable part of making events here at HVZ run smoothly!

Leads assist the volunteer coordinator and other staff by welcoming event volunteers, getting everyone checked in, and supporting volunteers throughout an event. Rather than committing to an ongoing schedule, Event Leads sign up for roles as they become available throughout the year.

Being an Event Lead requires a good deal of dedication. As an Event Lead you’re the first volunteer to arrive and the last to leave. You will complete an Event Lead training with our Volunteer Coordinator, as well as onsite mentoring during one of our smaller events.

This is an excellent role for you if you’re looking for an opportunity to grow, develop leadership skills and work closely with HVZ event staff.

Shift Times

Varied, generally evenings and weekends

Time Commitment

As needed

Age Requirement

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  • Meet at Volunteer Central and check volunteers in for their shift and provide them with information specific to their role including:
    • Start/end time
    • Job duties and any relevant equipment/supplies necessary
    • How they can engage guests and any relevant education/conservation messaging
    • What to do if they need assistance during their shift
    • Communication during the event
  • Provide radios to volunteers as necessary
  • Check in with each volunteer every 30-45 minutes to offer a bathroom or water break, ensure things are running smoothly and answer any questions they may have
  • Release volunteers at the end of an event, and help teammates with any tear down


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Professional, patient and positive
  • Ability to confidently use a radio – both calling out and receiving calls
  • Ability to stay calm and communicate clearly in emergency situations
  • Ability to get from one end of the Zoo to the other within 5 minutes without running


  • 18+
  • Physically fit(ish) – This role can require a lot of running around Zoo grounds
  • Complete prerequisite 50hrs of volunteering in a guest-facing role


Event Lead Training with the HVZ Volunteer Coordinator

Reports To

HVZ Volunteer Coordinator