Potter Park Zoo Loves Volunteers!

If you love animals and wildlife conservation, Potter Park Zoo offers the perfect opportunity for you to become involved. No special skills or previous training is necessary. Just bring your passion for adventure and desire to make a difference and let us show you how! 

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available at the zoo: 

Special Events

Throughout the year, Potter Park Zoo hosts many private and public events. A wide variety of volunteers are needed for these, from greeters to craft assistants; face painters to storytellers; ticket takers to registration helpers and more! 


No matter what your gardening skills, we can use you on our zoo grounds! Take on your own garden space or simply help us weed and rake. You choose the task and your schedule. 

Zoo Ambassador 

Our Zoo Ambassadors are seasoned volunteers who have an expanded knowledge of the zoo. They stroll through the zoo, greeting guests with a smile and assisting as needed.


Our office staff sometimes need help preparing mailings, memberships or other clerical projects. If you can sort and shuffle, we can use your help!  

You’ve taken the first step by visiting this page, but what do you do now?  If you are interested in becoming a zoo volunteer, you can complete the application and either fax, mail, email, or drop it off at the Zoo's Discovery Center.

Still have questions?  No problem.  Feel free to call us at (517) 244-8023 or email the Volunteer Coordinator, and we’ll be happy to give you answers!