Education Volunteer Positions

Guest Engagement Ambassador mobile learning station at Lincoln Park Zoo

Education Volunteer Positions

Guest Engagement Ambassador
Guest Engagement Ambassadors (GEAs) educate guests about the zoo by facilitating chats and learning stations throughout the park. Using bio-materials and specially designed carts, GEAs interpret a variety of topics to both adults and children, including: the differences between horns and antlers, how feces is used to save species, and how animals adapt in their “neighborhoods”.  In this volunteer experience, learning – both yours and the guests’ – takes center stage.

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Have a positive attitude and adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo policies, procedures and guest-service standards.
  • Must be comfortable standing and traversing zoo grounds in all weather conditions.
  • Complete an online application.
  • Successfully complete an interview and brief presentation with the Volunteer Services Department.
  • Complete and pass a standard criminal background check.
  • Attend and complete zoo orientation.
  • Attend and complete three days of position-specific training.
  • Commit to volunteering once a week for a minimum of seven months. The shift time is 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. or 1–5 p.m. but may vary seasonally.

Click here to apply online


Farm-in-the-Zoo Volunteer (Limited Availability)
At the Farm-in-the-Zoo you’ll connect rural animals with urban families in this fast-paced volunteer opportunity. From feeding 1,500 pound Holstein dairy cows to introducing guests to our curious goats to exploring the world of honeybees, the farm provides an up-close experience geared toward children and their caregivers. 

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Have a positive attitude and adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo policies, procedures and guest-service standards.
  • Must be comfortable standing and traversing zoo grounds in all weather conditions.
  • Complete an online application.
  • Successfully complete an interview and brief presentation with the Volunteer Services Department.
  • Complete and pass a standard criminal background check.
  • Attend and complete zoo orientation.
  • Attend and complete two days of position specific training.
  • Provide a negative TB test annually.
  • Commit to volunteering once a week for a minimum of seven months. Weekday shift time is 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Weekend shift times are 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. or 12:30–4 p.m.

This position has been filled.


Camp Teen Volunteer

Interested in inspiring children to study, love and protect animals and the environment? Lincoln Park Zoo's Conservation Camp is looking for a select group of fun, energetic high school students to join the team as Camp Teen Volunteers. Chicago area high school students ages 13–18 spend three weeks educating children while being mentored by instructors during the zoo’s Conservation Camp for preK–fourth graders. This is an unpaid educational service-learning opportunity. For students entering grades 9–12.

For more information about Conservation Camp, visit the program page.

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be enrolled in high school or entering in the fall.
  • Have a positive attitude and adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo policies, procedures and guest-service standards.
  • Must be comfortable standing and traversing zoo grounds in all weather conditions.
  • Complete an online application, submit one letter of reference and a personal statement.
  • Successfully complete an interview with the Education Department.
  • Attend and complete a half day position specific training in the spring.
  • Must be available to volunteer during the summer months.

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