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Zoo Volunteer Programs

Akron Zoo volunteers help the zoo promote education and conservation through active participation in programs, special events and public relations.

Volunteers play a key role in helping the zoo achieve our mission and strategic goals:

Community Engagement

Interact with guests from across Northeast Ohio, both in the zoo and at community events! By serving as the friendly face of the zoo, you are helping guests to make a personal connection with animals, conservation and education.

Mission Impact

Volunteering at the Akron Zoo means making a real-world difference. You can connect guests’ lives to wildlife by facilitating education programs, roaming, sharing conservation messaging and acting as a citizen science volunteer for local conservation programs.

Special Skills

You can put your unique talents to work for conservation! Whether you are great at woodworking, crafting, painting or organizing, the zoo needs you! By donating your time and talents, you can make the zoo a better place for staff, animals and visitors alike.

A Welcoming Environment

By volunteering, you will help support our park and make connections throughout the zoo, including guest services, horticulture, education, food service and events! Make connections with professionals and volunteers who are all working together in support of wildlife locally and globally!

Our dedicated volunteers donate more than 13,000 hours to the zoo each year! With their help, the zoo can continue to provide support for wildlife, conservation and education in Akron and around the world!

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For additional questions about this program, you can contact our Education Department at s.orloski@akronzoo.org.