Adult Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

If you have a passion for animals and the environment, and enjoy being around people who share your passion, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you!  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.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Management Office at or call (401) 785-3510 ext 356.

AmeriCorps VISTA Community Associate

Join AmeriCorps VISTA and RWPZoo for an exciting community-based research project in partnership with Antioch University. We’re hosting four AmeriCorps VISTA Community Outreach Associates for 32 to 40 hours per week to help us engage Providence neighborhoods, create opportunities that meet community needs, and develop equitable initiatives to support our surrounding residents.

Through the VISTA program, you’ll gain thoughtful experience in fundraising, grant writing, and research, while making a difference in the local community. In addition, VISTA’s will receive an education award at the end of their service, which can help pay for college. 

Click HERE for the 2022 AmeriCorps VISTA Community Associate Application

Questions? Contact Jen Rudolph, Co-designing Conservation Fellow and Manager of Ambassador Animal Programs for Roger Williams Park Zoo at

Play Partner (Ages 16+)

Play Partner volunteers facilitate and support children’s free play at Hasbro’s Big Backyard at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. In this space, Play Partners help families create memories through outdoor play experiences that connect them to the natural world. While this position doesn’t work with the handling or care of animals – the Big Backyard is home to animal exhibits including honey bees, ravens, and the natural wildlife of the neighboring wetlands in addition to outdoor play areas. 

This volunteer opportunity is great way to grow skills and experience with play-based early childhood education, and to explore the introduction of environmental education at the developmental level with infants through elementary ages.

Click HERE for the 2022 Play Partner Application

We will be accepting applications for the upcoming season through March 13, 2022.

Questions? Please contact

Horticulture Volunteer (Age 18+)

A Horticulture Volunteer is primarily responsible for helping maintain and grow the beautiful gardens and grounds of the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Volunteers will work directly with the Horticulture Department to plant, water, rack and prune all while learning about diverse plant species and the practices of landscaping. 

Click HERE for the 2022 Horticulture Volunteer Application

We will be accepting applications for the upcoming season through April 17, 2022.

Questions? Please contact

Docent (Age 18+)

Docents are volunteer educators who help to teach our guests about the Zoo, it’s animals, and conservation efforts through conversations on grounds.  Docents commit substantial time and effort through training and continuing education to develop expertise on the Zoo. 

Applications for this program are closed for the 2022 season. If you would like to stay in touch about this program or other opportunities, please sign up for email notifications here.

Questions? Please contact

American Burying Beetle Volunteer (Ages 18+)

Working under the direct supervision of the Roger Williams Park Zoo's director of conservation programs - this is a unique opportunity to participate directly in an endangered species recovery program. 

While this program is not open at this time, the Zoo does offer a Conservation Engagement and Animal Care Internship >

At this time we are not accepting volunteers in this program. We may open applications for the 2022 season, please check back. If you have questions please contact

Youth Advisory Council (Ages 16-22)

Roger Williams Park Zoo values the input, perspectives, and leadership of its community’s youth and is seeking a diverse group of individuals ages 16-21 to join the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council. 

The Roger Williams Park Zoo Youth Advisory Council will inform future RWPZ initiatives by providing thoughtful feedback and a unique perspective.  Members will serve as a voice for youth within the Zoo and community.  Youth Advisory Council members will collaborate to lead, design, and execute various initiatives and projects that will positively impact the Zoo, community, animals, and the environment. 

Participation in the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council requires a commitment of 2 years with participation in an orientation weekend and weekly meetings.  Participation in the council is unpaid.

Applications are not open at this time.

Questions? Please contact