Volunteer at the EcoTarium! We simply could not offer the programs and special events that make the EcoTarium a unique resource to our community without our diverse and dedicated corps of volunteers.

To be considered for a general volunteer position, please submit an application using the link below. To be considered for a more specific position, browse the volunteer listings below and follow their application instructions.


  • Educate guests on the EcoTarium's resident animals, their ecosystems, and animal conservation efforts
  • Complete behavioral studies on many of the EcoTarium’s resident animals
  • Volunteers must be 16+
  • Volunteers must complete at least one two-hour shift per week
  • Volunteers needed from May – September

We have reached max capacity for 2024 Zoo Volunteers at this time. If you have any questions, please email zoovolunteers@ecotarium.org for more information!

Zoological Ambassador Volunteer Job Description



  • Education Program Volunteer
    Through conversations and hands-on activities, program volunteers help visitors make meaningful connections to our exhibits, encourage curiosity and scientific inquiry, and challenge visitors to dive deeper into the concepts explored at our museum.
  • Public Program Day Volunteer
    Interested in volunteering with us but not able to commit to a longer-term position? Join us for one-time events or public school vacation weeks, and engage visitors in hands-on science activities.
  • Nature Explore Volunteer
    This position is similar to a program volunteer. This role takes place primarily in our Nature Explore certified playground. Volunteers in this role lead interactive activities, create a welcoming environment for children and caregivers, and communicate basic science concepts in a fun, appropriate, and engaging way. 

If you have any questions, please email educationinfo@ecotarium.org for more information!

Education Program Volunteer Job Description

Nature Explore Volunteer Job Description

Education Volunteer Application


  • Inventory historic natural history collection
  • Photograph, measure and take notes on birds, eggs, seashells, or pressed flowers
  • Make rare specimens available online
  • Enter data to publish photographs of birds, eggs, seashells, or pressed flowers

Please note: We are not accepting applications for collections at this time.

Collections Volunteer Job Description

Grounds Assistance

  • Help maintain gardens
  • Adopt a Trail and help maintain our walking trains free of trash and debris (Seasonal, all 16 years+)


  • Circulate amongst exhibits and interact with visitors to answer questions and provide assistance as needed
  • During regular rounds, maintain and clean exhibit spaces as needed with support from our facilities and exhibits teams

Special Events

Volunteer at one of our events and unleash your inner artist while making a positive impact on the environment! Our event volunteers have a unique opportunity to showcase their creativity by helping decorate, craft, and work with kids. Join us today and help inspire the next generation of environmental advocates!