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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

Now recruiting!

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. 

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

Play Partner (Ages 16+)

Applications are not open at this time. 

Volunteers for the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular are expected to volunteer from 4:45pm-10:30/11pm during the event. Upon arrival volunteers will be given an orientation and will learn more about the event! Volunteers are then assigned a position for the night. Volunteers will receive breaks and a chance to eat dinner. At the end of the shift, volunteers are dismissed and receive their community service hours or two tickets to the event for volunteering.

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.

Horticulture Volunteer (Age 18+)

Applications are not open at this time. 

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. 

Zoo Docent (Age 18+)

Now recruiting! 

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. 

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American Burying Beetle Volunteer (Ages 18+)

Applications are not open at this time. 

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. 

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