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
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. Now Accepting Applications. Deadline: March 1st

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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. Now Accepting Applications. Deadline: March 1st

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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.

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

Zoo Crew Junior Docent program is designed to give students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to engage the Zoo’s visitors through short, education-based interactions.  Junior Docents, working with RWPZ’s year-round Docents, look for opportunities to enhance the visitor experience while providing education and conservation messaging.  This often includes the use of animal-related materials such as bones, pelts, and feathers (or their replicas) as well as hands-on activities.  Junior Docents will build their skills in communication, teamwork, teaching, and public speaking while providing entertaining and rewarding experiences to our guests.

We are getting ready for the 2018 Jr. Docent season! Applications will be available at the beginning of March. Please check back then!

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 (Students in grades 7 - 12)

Zoo Crew is our teen volunteer program, for teens in 7th through 12th grade. Zoo Crew also offers a leadership opportunity for teens called Zoo Crew Counselors-in-Training (CIT). After completing one summer of Zoo Crew, all Zoo Crew members can apply to be a Junior Keeper and work alongside our animal keepers. Please Note: This program has limited availability.

For more information and to apply for Zoo Crew

Docents (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!