Become a Volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lincoln Park Zoo! To learn more, please click on individual volunteer opportunities listed below. If you find one or more options of interest, please fill out our online volunteer application.

We will resume recruitment in February 2016.

Help the Zoo Online
If you're waiting for volunteer recruitment to resume, we're happy to offer another way to help the zoo. Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute is seeking volunteers to help identify wildlife in their camera trap photos. You can help by going to www.chicagowildlifewatch.org and following the instructions on the website!

Other Opportunities
A waitlist has been established for those interested in becoming a ZooMonitor. The recruitment timeline for ZooMonitor is to be determined. You are welcome to fill out an application now for future opportunities.

We are always accepting volunteers for our ongoing special events. If you’re interested in being added to our special events list, please let us know.

Click Here to Apply Online

Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information! 

Guest Engagement Ambassador mobile learning station at Lincoln Park Zoo   Guest Relations Volunteer Bertel Jackson at Lincoln Park Zoo

Education Volunteer Positions
Guest Engagement Ambassador
Farm-in-the-Zoo Volunteer
Camp Teen Volunteer
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Guest Experience Volunteer Positions
Guest Relations Volunteer
Retail Volunteer

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  Volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo's United Run for the Zoo

Horticulture Volunteer Positions
Main Zoo Gardening
Nature Boardwalk Gardening
Edible Garden (limited availability)
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Event Volunteer Positions
Run for the Zoo
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Corporate Volunteer Opportunities
Corporate Leader
Membership Organizations
Event Volunteer Opportunities
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Animal Behavior Monitoring Volunteer Positions
ZooMonitor Volunteer (limited availability)
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Have volunteering questions?
View our frequently asked questions page!

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Guest Relations Volunteer Chris DuFour at Lincoln Park Zoo's Nature Boardwalk information kiosk

Welcoming Committee
Guest Relations Volunteers introduce millions of guests every year to all Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer. Learn more about these public-service multitaskers.


Gardening Volunteers
Over 100 dedicated volunteers donate their time and effort in order to make the zoo home not only to wonderous animals but an eclectic display of beautiful flowers and plants as well.