Year-Round Volunteers

Join the Zoo’s diverse team of active and outgoing adult Volunteers creating champions for wildlife!


Toronto Zoo Volunteers...

  • connect kids and adults to the natural world by sharing important conservation messages on guided tours or at the many on-site interpretive stations 
  • greet guests, provide directional assistance and help with plans to make the most of their day at the Zoo 
  • support on-site and off-site events to engage the community to join us and support our conservation work 
  • embody the Zoo's mission everyday by connecting people, animals, and conservation science to fight extinction

Requirements & Perks:

  • Flexible commitment of 2 to 4 shifts per month (min 75 hours per yr. for 2 yrs.)
  • Training is provided.
  • No contact with our plants or animals.
  • Zoo Volunteers receive free admission for themselves and a guest 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.


  • Year-Round Volunteer Training involves both in-class components and on-site hands on practical sessions through which trainees learn the animal knowledge and interpretive skills required for their role.
  • Volunteer applicants must complete all weeks of training before volunteering at the Zoo.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a Year-Round Volunteer. Recruitment for this program is closed and will re-open in the early fall 2023. Please continue to check this page for updates. We look forward to receiving your application when recruitment does open.

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Volunter working with kids at the Zoo Year-Round Volunteer Guides
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Summer Information Volunteers 
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Volunter working with kids at the Zoo Zoo Ambassador Student Volunteers
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Short-term Volunteer Opportunities 
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