If you have a passion for animals and the environment, and enjoy being around people who share your passion, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you!  Volunteers are critical to achieving our mission and are an indispensable part of the Zoo team; their enriching interactions with Zoo visitors, along with their endless enthusiasm, dedication and support are priceless.

Questions? Contact the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Volunteer@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 356.

Volunteer Opportunities
Zoo Crew Counselor in Training (Students in grades 7-12)

Zoo Crew Counselor in Training is a volunteer opportunity open to teens in grades 7-12. CITs assist in the ZooCamp experience, and help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for campers (ages 4-10) by encouraging participation, modeling ZooCamp expectations and assisting campers with skills during activities or crafts. 

For more information and to apply for Zoo Crew

Now accepting applications for the 2019 season.

Events Volunteer (Ages 18+)

Events Volunteers assist in the execution of events taking place on and off Zoo grounds. This includes helping with preparation prior to event day, assisting with event setup and breakdown, facilitating activities and crafts during the event, and promoting the Zoo both on grounds and at promotional events off grounds.

If you are interested in volunteering at one of the Zoo's special events, please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

Docent (Ages 18+)

Docents are volunteer educators who help to teach our guests about the Zoo's animals and conservation efforts.  Docents commit substantial time and effort during an extended period to develop expertise on the Zoo and its animals. Docents volunteer at least 72 hours per year.

We are not currently recruiting for our docent program.  Our docent program will be undergoing some changes and improvements for the 2018 season and will be ready for new recruits in 2019!  Please check back then!

Play Partner (Ages 16+)

A Play Partner is a volunteer who is primarily responsible for observing and facilitating children’s play experiences, as well as providing resources for Zoo patrons in the activity play spaces located within Hasbro's Our Big Backyard at Roger Williams Park Zoo. 

We will be recruiting for the Play Partner program soon! Please check back for more information or contact volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

Horticulture Volunteer (Ages 18+)

A Horticulture Volunteer is primarily responsible for helping maintain and grow the beautiful gardens and grounds of the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Volunteers will work directly with the Horticulture Department to plant, water, rack and prune all while learning about diverse plant species and the practices of landscaping. 

Closed for the Academic Season

American Burying Beetle Volunteer (18+)

Working under the direct supervision of the Roger Williams Park Zoo's director of conservation programs - this is a unique opportunity to participate directly in an endangered species recovery program. 

Closed for Academic Season.

Zoo Crew Junior Docent (Students in grades 7 - 12)

Zoo Crew Junior Docent program is designed for students in grades 7-12.  Junior docents work with their adult counterparts to engage with and help educate visitors to the zoo, helping guests explore subjects that include vet care, animal diets, animal care, and conservation. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their communication, customer service and teamwork skills, as well as learn more about the zoo, its animals and the importance of conservation efforts. NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME.