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.

Want to become a volunteer with us?

All available positions are advertised via the button below.

Please note: applications will not be accepted via email. All applications must be submitted via the volunteer recruitment portal.

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. How do I apply for a volunteer position?

A: All volunteering opportunities are listed on this recruitment webpage here >> 

We only accept applications via that recruitment page, applications submitted via email or the webform below will not be considered.

Q: Do you take short term volunteers for a period of less than 12 months?

A: Unfortunately we're not able to take short term 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. Can I volunteer as part of my work experience requirements?

A: While we don't accept volunteers as part of work experience requirements, we do have a dedicated work experience program that may interest you:

Tertiary student work experience information >>

Secondary school student work experience information >>

Q. Can I be notified when volunteering opportunities become available?

A: Unfortunately due to the high number of expressions of interest we receive, we are unable to notify people when opportunities become available. Please ensure you check the recruitment page here regularly for any available volunteer positions.

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.

Want to volunteer at our zoos?

All available positions are advertised via the button below.

Volunteer program enquiry

Submit your enquiry below and we'll get back to you soon! Please note: volunteer applications are not accepted via this form. See current opportunities via the button above.