Zoos Victoria's Volunteer Program is an integral part of the organisation's goal to fight local wildlife extinction.

More than 800 dedicated volunteers are part of the current program and come from all walks of life. We welcome the passion and expertise that volunteers bring to our organisation.

The Volunteer Program spans across Victoria's three zoos; Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo and although the volunteers perform an array of roles, their contribution is vital to improving the individual experience of every visitor.

There are a number of roles available to volunteers, from helping to guide visitors around our zoos to assisting with administration tasks. However volunteering roles do not include direct animal keeping duties.

Interested in becoming a volunteer at the zoo?

Who can become a volunteer?

To apply for a role as part of Zoos Victoria's Volunteer Program candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years or over
  • Be a current Zoos Victoria Member
  • Have a valid Working with Children Check (only needed once accepted as a volunteer).
  • Commit to the minimum time requirements (this varies by role)
  • Successful candidates will need to complete a training program before commencing the role
Two volunteers and a zoo keeper standing together at Melbourne Zoo

Frequently asked questions

Q: Should I apply for my Working with Children Check prior to submitting my application for a volunteer role?

A: It is recommended to apply for a Working with Children Check only after you have been accepted as a member of the volunteer program.

Q: Do you take short term volunteers?

A: Unfortunately we're not able to take volunteers due to the training required, the nature of the roles, and the benefits that we provide to our visitors and volunteers. This includes overseas and domestic travellers.

Q. Do you accept volunteers positions that contribute to educational or vocational placement requirements?

A: We only recruit volunteers for advertised positions and only when they are vacant. We do not accept expressions of interest outside of the recruitment period and unfortunately we do not create volunteer positions based on placement requirements.

 

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