Volunteer Opportunities at Great Plains Zoo

The Great Plains Zoo invites you to become a part of its volunteer program! The purpose of our adult volunteer program is to support the education and conservation efforts of the Great Plains Zoo.

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill one of three roles at the Great Plains Zoo. Applicants are asked to identify which role (or roles) they would like to fill at the time of their application.

Already a Volunteer?

Access your Volgistics profile and schedule below.
Volgistics Portal

Volunteer Roles

*To join the Zoo’s Adult Volunteer Program you must be at least 18 years old and must undergo a background check. Complete the form below to apply.

*Please note that the only opportunities for volunteers to work directly with our animals are through our Junior ZooKeeper program (for teens ages 12-18).

Special Event Volunteers

Interested in helping with special events, like ZooBoo or Zippity Zoo Day? One-time volunteer opportunities are available for adults ages 18 and up, and for ages 12 and up if accompanied by an adult. For more information, please email volunteer@sdaquarium.org or call (605) 334-9466 x14.

Group Opportunities

Looking for a one-time opportunity for your group to volunteer? Seasonal projects are available for corporate groups, church groups, youth groups, and other community groups. Groups may include students as young as 12 if accompanied by adults. Contact Leanne at volunteer@sdaquarium.org for more information!

What to know about group volunteering:

  • Group volunteer projects require a minimum of 2 hours to complete.
  • Group volunteer hours must be completed between 9 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday.

Apply to Volunteer

If you have any questions or need more information about volunteering at the Great Plains Zoo, please email volunteer@sdaquarium.org or call (605) 334-9466 x14. To apply, complete the form below!