Special Event Volunteers & Group Opportunities

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

Special Event Volunteers & Group Opportunities

Don’t have enough time to volunteer once a week? Special Events allows you volunteer at various times throughout the year.  ZooLights runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day and United Run for the Zoo is the first Sunday of June each year. We need lots of volunteer help at both of those zoo events.  Simply e-mail volunteer@lpzoo.org for more information about signing up.

All applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Must be 14 years or older.
  • Have a positive attitude and strictly adhere to Lincoln Park Zoo policies, procedures and guest-service standards.
  • Must be comfortable being outdoors in all weather conditions.

United Run-for-the-Zoo
Suitable for groups and individuals
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
This exciting event takes place directly on zoo grounds, and all proceeds help keep Lincoln Park Zoo free.  Additionally, all volunteers will receive a free United Run-for-the-Zoo shirt!  We are looking for help in the following areas:               

6–10:15 a.m.:   Registration
6–10:15 a.m.:   Packet Pick-Up
6–10:15 a.m.:   Greeters
6–11 a.m.:        Gear Check
7–11 a.m.:        Finish Line
8–11 a.m.:        Post Race Party (Beer Pouring)
8:45–11 a.m.:   Kids Events

Opportunities are first come, first serve.  If you are interested, please email us with your name, email, phone number, street address, and volunteer area preference (see above).


ZooLights
Suitable for groups and individuals
December 2014 through early January 2015
Every year, the Zoo lights up Chicago with its annual free, family-oriented holiday celebration.  Volunteers needed for our Crafts and Members Lounge areas. 


Special Events Contact List
In addition to these events, there are many smaller opportunities that arise throughout the year.  If you are interested in being placed on the Special Events Contact List for these opportunities, please email us.