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Sleepover Assistant


Sleepover volunteers help children and families develop a love for all animals and support the vision of Henry Vilas Zoo. They assist the Education Staff with carrying out the evening snack/morning breakfast and the activities that accompany the particular theme*

*During COVID: This role is currently on hold

Shift Times

Saturday and Sunday mornings 7 am – 10 am or 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm; Spring (March, April & May) and Fall (September & October)

Time Commitment

Must volunteer a minimum of 2 shifts per season

Age Requirement

Must be 18 years or older
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  • Help the group stay together
  • Encourage appreciation of all animals
  • Participate in activities
  • Gather/put away supplies
  • Tell the instructor about any issues
  • Try to make sure the adults in the group get their needs met, too
  • Encourage kids to answer and ask questions
  • Always be sure to ask questions if you have any!
  • Help the instructor clean up the classroom space after the program
  • Fill out a feedback form before you leave


  • Should be comfortable around all types of animals and guests ages 5 and up
  • Should be dependable


General orientation, short additional training to gain familiarity and comfort with the role.


Experience the Zoo before guests arrive, meet people with similar interests, build Zoo and volunteer experience on your resume, participate in out of the ordinary animal encounters and experiences, network with the community; help create lasting memories for Zoo guests, volunteer nametag and t-shirt, and recognition events.

Reports To

Henry Vilas Zoo Volunteer Department and Conservation Education Curator