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So What Can You Do At The Zoo?

We have different opportunities to fit everyone’s interest, from animal keeping to public speaking. The following are a few of the opportunities available at the Peoria Zoo. All of the jobs require an interest in animals!

Special Events, Summer/Day Camps, Home school classes, and Zoo Tot classes, Rovers,Tour Guide, Animal Handler, Zoomobile, Africa Guides, Diet Cutter, Assistant Zookeeper, Behavioral Enrichment and Enhancement Program (BEEP).

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone age 18 and up is welcome to apply for our adult volunteer program year-round.
Our Zoo Teen program is for ages 14-17. Negative TB test are required.

Your Role As A Volunteer

All volunteers are considered to be ambassadors for the Peoria Park District. As ambassadors, volunteers are expected to be courteous and helpful to guests, other volunteers, and staff. Being an ambassador also means that volunteers be enthusiastic and have a good time!

Contact Us

PPD Manager of Volunteers
[email protected] or contact us

Zoo Teens

Zoo Teens 2024

*Must be at least 13 years old and a freshman in high school by Fall of 2024.

*Cost: $25 to cover the cost of T-shirt and Training Materials 

**There will be a mandatory training workshop on both June 7 and June 8, 9:00-3:30.  Both training days must be attended to become a Zoo Teen. 

Application Process

*Applications must be received by April 30, 2024. 

#1. Print, complete and return the completed questionnaire plus 1 reference letter (from someone other than a family member or neighbor) to the zoo by April 30, 2024.

#2. Complete the PPD on-line volunteer registration by April 30, 2024.

*Decisions will be made by June 12th. You will receive an e-mail either way. If you have not received a response by June 12th, 2024 please contact us at 681-3559.

#3. Attend the mandatory training workshops on both June 7 and June 8, 9:00-3:30.  Both training days must be attended to become a Zoo Teen. 


Peoria Park Volunteers

Our Commitment & Yours

The Peoria Park District attempts to give each volunteer a good experience. Efforts are made to have the appropriate number of volunteers for any event or project. This is best accomplished when all volunteers and groups communicate in advance their intent to volunteer. In many circumstances the events can use extra volunteers, and they are always welcomed. Nevertheless, in the event that numerous extra volunteers arrive, we cannot completely guarantee they will have a job. Every volunteer is considered important and is counted on to be at the event at the appropriate time and place. Volunteers are asked to call if they cannot attend as promised. Thank you for volunteering!

What Volunteer Positions Are Available?

We have a wide array of volunteer positions within the Peoria Park District, including ongoing Regular Volunteer opportunities and Special Event opportunities.

Peoria Zoo

Peoria Zoo