Volunteer at Brookfield Zoo!

Volunteer at Brookfield Zoo

Thank you for your interest in serving the Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo as a volunteer. Volunteer opportunities for 2019 are listed below. Interviews for qualified candidates will begin in July. Please fill out and submit your volunteer application on-line (below) Thank you for your support of Brookfield Zoo!

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Caring! It's Our nature!

Become a community conservation leader at Brookfield Zoo!

Our Volunteers

All our volunteers are passionate about Brookfield Zoo and its animals and join us for one main reason: to create extraordinary experiences for our guests! If you enjoy talking with people about animals, nature, and conservation, and you enjoy being outdoors and walking about the zoo, we have a volunteer program tailor-made just for you!

Volunteer Categories

Docent Program
Early Childhood Docents - Hamill Family Play Zoo
Guest Guide Volunteers
Special Events Volunteers

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Additional Information

Please note: Administrative office assignments, animal observations, animal husbandry, including preparing animal diets and exhibit maintenance, and/or behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities are NOT available.

We are most happy to reasonably accommodate persons who use wheelchairs, ECVs, etc. Persons who need to sit frequently are most welcome to bring small personal sitting stools/chairs with them to their assignments as long as they remain attentive to guests.

Paid Positions

If you are looking for paid job opportunities, please apply here instead: www.CZS.org/Brookfield-ZOO/Careers/Job-Openings

Teen Volunteers

For information on the King Conservation Science Scholars Program, including volunteer opportunities for teens age 13 to 17, click HERE.


Apply for our volunteer program today by clicking here: Volunteer Online Application Form. After an in-person interview, participation in a required one-day Volunteer Orientation/Customer Service Training Program, and successful completion of a background check, selected volunteer applicants will begin their service and complete training with experienced volunteers and staff.  

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QUESTIONS? Please contact us at volunteers@czs.org.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a community conservation leader for the Chicago Zoological Society!

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