Guest Experience Volunteer Positions

Guest Relations Volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo

Guest Experience Volunteer Positions

Guest Relations Volunteer

Lincoln Park Zoo’s guests from around the world need a Chicago style welcome, a friendly face, and guidance through our 49 acre urban oasis. With just 4 hours of your time, you can open people of all ages and walks of life to a rarely seen world of nature. From this, you will meet interesting, new people, continuously learn about the natural world we live in, and be a part of a renowned leader in conservation & science all while remaining in the heart of Chicago.

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Have a positive attitude and strictly 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 with the Volunteer Services Department.
  • Complete and pass a standard criminal background check.
  • Attend and complete zoo orientation.
  • Attend and complete a half day 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. 

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Retail Volunteer
If you like to shop or would enjoy assisting guests of all ages to select  a gift or a special memory of their visit to Lincoln Park Zoo, the shop has opportunities for you to interact with visitors from around the globe in a fun, fast-paced, climate controlled retail environment. Your assistance in the shop helps support Lincoln Park Zoo because 100% of all purchases help keep the zoo free to all. You will also be first to see new merchandise as it comes in for the season!

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Have a positive attitude and strictly 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 with the Volunteer Services Department.
  • Complete and pass a standard criminal background check.
  • Attend and complete zoo orientation.
  • Commit to volunteering once a week for a minimum of seven months. The shift time is 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Click here to apply online