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Short-term Volunteer Opportunities

Join our Volunteer team, creating fun and memorable guest experiences at the Zoo!

We currently offer two flexible and fun short-term Volunteer opportunities: Wildlife Health Centre Interpretive Volunteers and Volunteer Hosts.


Wildlife Health Centre Interpretive Volunteers

Toronto Zoo Wildlife Health Centre Interpretive Volunteers showcase the incredible work that goes on behind-the-scenes at the Zoo by providing guest engagement and facilitating activities for kids and families in our Wildlife Health Centre viewing gallery.

This opportunity is for adults (not appropriate for secondary school students).

Qualities of a Successful Wildlife Health Centre Interpretive Volunteer

  • Enthusiastic and friendly.
  • Enjoy taking a leadership role and communicating with others.
  • Background knowledge of human or animal health care an asset but not required
  • Organized with the ability to take direction well.
  • Appreciation for wildlife and nature and the desire to learn more.
  • Reliable.
  • Good verbal communication skills in English.

Recruitment for the Wildlife Health Centre Interpretive Volunteer is now closed.


Volunteer Hosts



Toronto Zoo Volunteer Hosts are friendly and welcoming faces for Zoo guests, providing information and directional assistance at various outdoor locations on the Zoo site.
This opportunity is for adults (not appropriate for secondary school students).
Qualities of a Successful Volunteer Host

  • Enthusiastic and friendly.
  • Good with directions. Knowledge of the Zoo site an asset, but not mandatory.
  • Enjoy being outdoors.
  • Organized with the ability to take direction well.
  • Appreciation for wildlife and nature and the desire to learn more.
  • Reliable.
  • Good verbal communication skills in English.

Recruitment for the Volunteer Host opportunity is now closed


Requirements & Perks for Wildlife Health Centre Interpretive Volunteers and Volunteer Hosts:

  • These short-term Volunteer opportunities involve a commitment of 50 (or more) volunteer hours carried out between May 1 and October 31. Weekday and weekend, morning and afternoon shifts are available.
  • Volunteers select their own preferred day(s) and times to complete their duties.
  • Training is provided.
  • Zoo Volunteers receive free admission for themselves and two guests, as well as free Zoomobile rides and a discount at the Zoo shop.
  • Successful applicants for this and all Zoo Volunteer opportunities are required to obtain a satisfactory Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector search at their own expense before carrying out any Volunteer duties.
  • Toronto Zoo is accessible and welcomes Volunteers of all physical abilities. Volunteers must be able to move themselves throughout the Zoo’s large site.
  • Zoo Volunteers fulfill an educational role and do not have contact with our plants or animals, nor behind-the-scenes access to the Wildlife Health Centre.

Are you interested in a more in-depth volunteer experience? Click through to our Year-Round Volunteer and Summer Information Volunteer opportunities.


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