Why Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Becoming a volunteer makes a difference in our community. Every year hundreds of volunteers put in thousands of hours supporting staff and animals at the zoo. The zoo is a longstanding Lincoln attraction that has been able to provide a memorable visit for people of all ages, due in great part to the volunteers who support it. If you enjoy nature, hearing the laughter of children and seeing wonder in their eyes, become a volunteer at the zoo.

Volunteers work in every department of the zoo including animal care, education, facilities and more. Volunteer positions are available year round.

Volunteer Opportunities
Adult Volunteers
Zoo Crew Teen Volunteers
Group Volunteers

The Benefits of Volunteering
In addition to the personal fulfillment and enjoyment of volunteering at Lincoln Children’s Zoo, our volunteers receive numerous other benefits.
• Enthusiastic team of volunteers and staff
• Flexible schedule
• Variety of volunteer activities
• A weekly volunteer enewsletter
• Regular recognition for your services
• Opportunities to gain valuable customer service and public relations skills
• Discounts on food and gift shop purchases
• Membership discounts for next year (based on hours of service)
• Free admission passes (based on hours of service)

Please note:
Volunteers rarely work directly with the handling and care of zoo animals.


Zoo Internships
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo offers unpaid internships for current or recent college students. Internships are available in our animal sections as well as education.

Zoo Internship Information and Application.


Zookeeping Apprenticeships

The Lincoln Children's Zoo is now offering apprenticeships in zookeeping! Apprenticeships are available within our Animal Department and Ambassador Animals.

Zookeeping Apprenticeship information and application


Questions? 402.475.6741 ext. 129 or email.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo's Mission: "To enrich lives through firsthand interaction with living things." Make a difference - Volunteer at Lincoln Children’s Zoo!

  • Visitors in 2018
    Visitors in 2018

    245,000

  • CAMPERS IN 2018
    CAMPERS IN 2018

    3,200

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400