Volunteer at the Zoo

Volunteer at the Zoo

Zoo docents make the visitor experience more meaningful through education.

Do you like to learn something new every day? Do you have a passion for animals and the environment? Do you enjoy being around people who share your passion?  Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you!  Our volunteer ranks are 300 strong and collectively give thousands of hours of service in support of our Zoo every year.  Our volunteers are critical to achieving our mission and are an indispensable part of the Zoo team; their enriching interactions with Zoo visitors, along with their endless enthusiasm, dedication and support are priceless.

Volunteer Opportunities & Service Areas:

Play Partner
For ages 16 and up
A Play Partner is a volunteer who is primarily responsible for observing and facilitating children’s play experiences as well as providing resources for zoo patrons in the activity play spaces located within the Our Big Backyard exhibit at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Now accepting applications for 2017. Deadline is April 1.

Download the Play Partner Application>

Public Relations Events Volunteer
For ages 18+
Public Relations Events Volunteers assist in the execution of events taking place on and off zoo grounds. This includes helping with preparation prior to event day, assisting with event set up and break down, facilitating activities and crafts during the event, and promoting the Zoo both on grounds and at promotional events off grounds. Now accepting applications for 2017. Deadline is March 1.

Download the PR Events Volunteer Application>

Zoo Crew
For students in grades 8 - 12
Zoo Crew is our teen volunteer program, for teens entering in 8th to 12th grades. Zoo Crew also offers a leadership opportunity for teens called Zoo Crew Counselors in Training (CIT) (teens who work at summer ZooCamp). After completing one summer of Zoo Crew, all Zoo Crew members can apply to be a Junior Keeper and work alongside our animal keepers (please note that this has limited availability). 

For more information on ZooCrew, click here>


For ages 18+
Docents are volunteer educators who help to teach our guests about the Zoo's animals as well as our conservation efforts.  Docents commit substantial time and effort over an extended period to develop expertise on the Zoo and its animals and agree to volunteer at least 72 hours per year in public interaction educating Zoo visitors. We are not currently accepting applications for our docent program.  Please check back again later!

Have questions?  Contact the Manager of Volunteer Resources at Volunteer@rwpzoo.org or (401) 785-3510 ext 356.