Volunteer Program

Volunteer at the Zoo!

The Volunteer Program is for adults ages 18 and older. This is perfect for those who are considering a future career with animals, zoos, education, or for those just looking for a fun volunteer opportunity to do in their spare time! Volunteering at the Racine Zoo is a fun, rewarding experience for volunteers of all ages, from young adults to retirees! 

Where else can you surround yourself with some of the world's most spectacular creatures while working and interacting with individuals who are dedicated to the mission and values of the Racine Zoo? Those that partake in the Racine Zoo's volunteer program have opened the pathway to gaining valuable work experience that will help them in their future endeavors and careers.

We rely on the assistance, dedication, and enthusiasm of those who share our vision of continuing to make the Racine Zoo a sanctuary for positive interaction between people and the natural world. All positions require that the volunteer communicates effectively and pleasantly with the public, as well as represent the Zoo in a positive manner.

To learn more about our volunteer program, check out our Volunteer Description

To apply, please fill out the Volunteer Application and return to the zoo through mail or email.
Applications for 2020 Due by October 11th. Training will be on Saturday October 17th.

Mail to: Racine Zoological Society
ATTN: Volunteer Program
200 Goold Street
Racine, WI 53402 

Or email to: education@racinezoo.org

Questions? Call (262)636-9580 or email


Calling All Teens!

This volunteer program is designed for young adults who are at least thirteen years old through age seventeen. Candidates for the Volunteen program are selected after an interview process that is conducted each spring. The number of positions available varies each year depending on the number of vacancies.

Interested? Complete an application and return it to us along with one letter of recommendation from a teacher on school letterhead and a paragraph written by you that explains why you want to be a Zoo Volunteen. Be sure to use your own words. Your recommendation and paragraph must be attached to your application

Please be sure your application with all required materials reaches us on time. You can expect to hear back from us via email if you have been selected for an interview. If you are not available for an interview on that day, please contact the Volunteen Coordinator at (262) 636-9580 ahead of time to schedule an interview. 

Note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, in 2020 the school letterhead requirement for recommendation is lifted. Letters of recommendation will be accepted in any format most convenient for teachers and students.


Download the application here.

Email completed application to education@racinezoo.org

Or mail to:

Racine Zoo
ATTN: Volunteen Program
200 Goold Street
Racine, WI 53402    


Volunteen applications are due April 15 annually