Volunteer at Henry Vilas Zoo!

How to apply

All ongoing volunteer roles are now full for the 2024 season. Thank you so much to everyone who applied!

Still interested in volunteering? Get on our email list here! We will soon be starting online information sessions for those interested in one-time event opportunities. This is a great way to get involved and see if volunteering at HVZ is right for you.

One-time Volunteer Opportunities

These roles are great for those looking to try out volunteering! No minimums and little to no training.

Event Volunteering

Group Volunteering

Remote Project:
Sewing Stuffies for Survival

Guest Services

Work with the humans of the Zoo! These roles focus on making Henry Vilas Zoo fun and welcoming for all.

Gate Greeting

Train / Carousel Crew

Henry the Lion / Handler

Conservation Education

Talk with guests about conservation, empathy, and care for our environment. These roles are for those who love to teach!

Goat Yard Attendant

Wildlife Champion

Animal Ambassador Docent

Support Roles

Support roles are in the weeds! They help us keep our Zoo beautiful both physically and photographically!

Face Painting Guild


Rain Garden Work Group

For Seasoned HVZ Volunteers

These roles come with prerequisites, and are open to those who have previously volunteered with us in an ongoing role.

Event Lead

AAD Mentor