Would you like to be part of a special group of people who make things happen at Rolling Hills Zoo? Volunteers help with everything from stuffing envelopes and chopping vegetables to educating our guests using Touch Carts and teaching on-site or outreach programs.

Rolling Hills Zoo has many interesting volunteer opportunities for all ages and backgrounds. Many of our volunteers join because they enjoy being outdoors, they have always loved wildlife, or just felt it was time to give something back.

Our volunteers play a major role in helping RHZ reach its goals and through your own unique talents and abilities, YOU can make a significant contribution to the work of Rolling Hills Zoo.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Adults  |  Short Term  |  Youth & Family  |  Teens

Just call 785-827-9488 ext. 153, or email, to schedule an informational orientation!

ADULT VOLUNTEER

Many programs are available to adults who complete an orientation and make a volunteer commitment to RHZ.

Requirements for adult volunteers:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to commit to at least 40 volunteer hours per year
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation & Training
  • Pass background check
  • $30 participation fee (covers the cost of volunteer uniform shirt and training materials.)
INTERPRETIVE VOLUNTEER
Talk to visitors about animal adaptations, characteristics, conservation issues and more using hands-on Touch Carts.

Educate visitors through "Animal Encounters". Develop your small animal handling skills then share our unique education animals with our guests.

Guide visitors in discovery in our Wildlife Museum's education room - Hideaway Hollow.
 
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

The education department at RHZ depends on volunteer support to bring quality programs to our local communities.

Volunteers assist with:

  • On-site and outreach programs for school groups, families, and community groups.
  • Small animal handling.
  • Our Overnight Expeditions (OEX) after-hours programming for youth groups and families on the zoo grounds.
 
GIRAFFE FEED STATION
Get nose to nose with our giraffes while telling informative stories at this fun station.

Volunteers sell browse to visitors, share animal artifacts, and assist guests as needed. One of our more unique and interactive opportunities.

Open everyday except Tuesdays, Memorial Day through the end of July. 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
 
OVERLOOK RESTAURANT HOST / HOSTESS
Visit with Zoo guests, answer questions, and assist the restaurant staff monitoring the dining area for special events, large group catering, and during normal lunch hours.
 
VOLUNTEER KEEPER STAFF
Assist in the routine care of our animal species, including feeding, watering, cleaning, containment, enrichment, eveluation of health status, and exhibit maintenance. Requires a regular weekly schedule and minimum one-year commitment.
   
VOLUNTEER LANDSCAPE STAFF  
We receive about as much praise for our plant species as we do for our animal species. With a wide open facility you can help keep it growing strong.

Assist in the routine care of our plant species, including planting, watering, mowing, weeding, etc.

Individual volunteers, families, or small groups may also Adopt-a-Plot in the park and tend to it twice a month throughout the growing season.
   
STAFF ASSISTANCE  
A call for help often comes from zoo offices. Volunteers help answer phones, assist with mailings, and prepare craft supplies.

Volunteers may also be a reporter for the volunteer monthly newsletter or take photos and videos of zoo events and programs that are supported by volunteers. Assist the education and volunteer departments by researching new animals or updating animal fact sheets.
   
SECURITY  
Help our security staff on a select day of the week or at events.

Act as a visible deterrent to unacceptable behavior. Help provide a safe and healthy environment for visitors and our animals.

Assist Operations by running park errands, shuttling staff, and assisting guests.

ADULT VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

ONLINE APPLICATION - Click Here
 
PRINTABLE APPLICATION



Please mail applications to:
RHZ Volunteer Services
625 N. Hedville Rd.
Salina, KS 67401

For more information about joining the Zoo Crew,
call 785-827-9488 ext. 153
or email Volunteer Department.


SHORT TERM VOLUNTEER

For more short term or group volunteer information call (785) 827-9488, ext. 153.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Assist with one special event such as the annual Father's Day Car Show (Jun.), Summer Splash (Jul.), Back to School Blast (Aug.), Safari Edventure Day (Oct.), or Pumpkin paZOOla (Oct.).

Times and tasks vary depending on the event, but may include assisting with games, crafts, face painting, concessions, or as a classroom buddy. Minimum age is 10 for most activities, however individuals 10-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult volunteer at all times.

Special Events Volunteer


SPECIAL EVENTS & GROUP VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS

SPECIAL EVENTS ONLINE APPLICATION - Click Here

GROUP ONLINE APPLICATION - Click Here
 
SPECIAL EVENTS
PRINTABLE APPLICATION


GROUPS
PRINTABLE APPLICATION

Please mail applications to:
RHZ Volunteer Services
625 N. Hedville Rd.
Salina, KS 67401

For more information about joining the Zoo Crew,
call 785-827-9488 ext. 153
or email Volunteer Department.

 

YOUTH & FAMILY VOLUNTEER

For more youth & family volunteer information call (785) 827-9488, ext. 153.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Assist with one special event such as the annual Father's Day Car Show (Jun.), Summer Splash (Jul.), Back to School Blast (Aug.), Safari Edventure Day (Oct.), or Pumpkin paZOOla (Oct.).

Times and tasks vary depending on the event, but may include assisting with games, crafts, face painting, concessions, or as a classroom buddy. Minimum age is 10 for most activities, however individuals 10-12 years old must be accompanied by an adult volunteer at all times.

Special Events Volunteer


YOUTH VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

ONLINE APPLICATION - Click Here
 
PRINTABLE APPLICATION



Please mail applications to:
RHZ Volunteer Services
625 N. Hedville Rd.
Salina, KS 67401

 

ZOO TEEN VOLUNTEER
The ZOO TEEN PROGRAM involves students, ages 13-17, in the presentation of education programs to zoo visitors on and off grounds, birthday parties, summer camps, animal encounters, Giraffe Feed Station, special events, and more.

This is primarily a summer program, but there are Zoo Teen Volunteer opportunities year round.

Information is sent to area schools in December, or you may contact the Volunteer Coordinator for an application.

Students are required to:

  • Attend the orientation and group interview
  • Attend the mandatory overnight training.
  • $25 fee (covers volunteer uniform shirt and training materials)

The program focuses on public interactions and conservation education. If you are interested in learning about animals and sharing that knowledge with others, this program is for you!

Scholarships are available!

Find out more...



For more information about joining the Zoo Crew,
call 785-827-9488 ext. 153
or email Volunteer Department.


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