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+)

Play Partner volunteers facilitate and support children’s free play at Hasbro’s Big Backyard at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. In this space, Play Partners help families create memories through outdoor play experiences that connect them to the natural world. While this position doesn’t work with the handling or care of animals – the Big Backyard is home to animal exhibits including honey bees, ravens, and the natural wildlife of the neighboring wetlands in addition to outdoor play areas. 

This volunteer opportunity is great way to grow skills and experience with play-based early childhood education, and to explore the introduction of environmental education at the developmental level with infants through elementary ages.

Now Accepting Applications. Deadline to apply: March 22nd

For more information and to apply for Play Partner

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 for the 2019 season.

For more information and to apply for Horticulture Volunteer

Events Volunteer (Ages 18+)

Event Volunteers assist in the execution of events taking place on Zoo grounds. This includes helping with preparation prior to event day, assisting with event setup and breakdown, and support during the event. These events can include Zoobilee, Brew at the Zoo, and Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular. Special Events Volunteers can receive free tickets to the event as a thank you for their contributions.

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

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. 

Application period is closed for the 2019 season.

For more information on Zoo Crew

American Burying Beetle Volunteer (Ages 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. 

Application period is closed for the 2019 season.

For more information on American Burying Beetle Volunteer

Docent (Ages 18+)

Docents are volunteer educators who help to teach our guests about the Zoo, it’s animals, and conservation efforts through conversations on grounds.  Docents commit substantial time and effort through training and continuing education to develop expertise on the Zoo. Docents volunteer at least 60 hours per year. 

Application period is closed. If you are interested in applying for this program please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

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.

Application period is closed. If you are interested in applying for this program please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.