City of Edmonton Community & Recreation Facilities


Edmonton Valley Zoo

 

A special place that inspires love and learning of animals and nature.

 

Home to over 350 animals, with a full range of species from different climates and habitats — all here for visitors to discover, learn about and appreciate.

INTIMATE.  INSPIRING.  NURTURING.  NATURAL.  COOL.

 

How to Get Involved

Volunteer Experience Ambassador  |  Special Events  |  Group Volunteering  I  Youth Volunteering

ELIGIBILITY
  • Ages 13+ for Special Event Volunteers
  • Ages 16+ for Visitor Experience Ambassadors
APPLY
  • Fill in an Application
  • Volunteer positions may require a Police Records Check
  • Some positions may also require an interview or reference checks or Police Information Check. You will be contacted if any of the above are necessary.
  • You will be invited to attend our New Volunteer Orientation
VOLUNTEER
  • Once you have attended a Volunteer Orientation you can log in to MyImpactPage.com and start signing up for opportunities. 
  • Check out all that Community & Recreation and Culture has to offer.

CONTACT US:

Volunteer Services

780-496- 4935

rfsvolunteer@edmonton.ca

Opportunities

Events at the Zoo

The Valley Zoo offers its guests special events throughout the year. Get involved to help out at our functions like Easter events, Mothers' Day, Canada Day, Halloween Boo at the Zoo, and Zoominesence throughout the winter months. 

These opportunities usually involve crafting assistants, fire pit attendants, activity station helpers, photo booth assistants, and more! 

 



 

 

Valley Zoo Development Society

The Valley Zoo Development Society’s (VZDS) raises funds and promote awareness to ensure the continued development of the Valley Zoo.

This is achieved through the events and various programs that the VZDS runs throughout the year. Currently, there are three fundraising events that the VZDS organizes; Zoofest, ZooBrew and Zoominesence. Programs that the VZDS run include the Adopt an Animal program and Lucy the Elephant Art.

Volunteer Experience Ambassador

The VEA program is accepting applications Oct 17- Oct 30

 

Are you enthusiastic, outgoing and passionate about animals and conservation? The Edmonton Valley Zoo is recruiting Visitor Experience Ambassador (VEA) volunteers to add another layer to our visitors' experience during our Zoominescence event from Dec 2-Jan 1. Volunteers will guide guests around our festively decorated site, promote animal encounters and other Zoom programming, and lead interactive activities to educate guests about conservation work done by the zoo and its partners. This is a pilot program, and there will be an opportunity for successful applicants to continue volunteering in the new year. Applicants must successfully pass an interview to be considered for this position..

 

Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers are friendly resources; they engage with guests by welcoming, directing, and providing general zoo information.

  • Promote Animal Talks, interpreter led activities and highlight any zoo news of the day.

  • Lead  fun, interactive and educational activities for visitors of all ages

  • Volunteers have access to a variety of activities that will be linked to conservation. VEA volunteers will educate visitors about the zoo’s conservation work, how we support our conservation partners, and how guests can get involved. 

  • Educate visitors about animal care practices, such as enrichment building and animal observation

  • Volunteer Education Ambassadors approach visitors to start conversations to ensure visitor questions are answered or directed to the appropriate staff

  • During special events and large demonstrations, volunteers will assist in controlling crowds and provide assistance to participants

  • Notify staff of any situations that require staff attention

 

Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older

  • Friendly and outgoing with the ability to start conversations

  • A background in biology, ecology or environmental sciences is considered an asset

  • Successful candidates may required to complete a Police Information Check

  • Must be fully vaccinated (2 doses) against COVID-19 and adhere to current COVID protocols 

 

Fill in an application

Fort Edmonton Park

Now Recruiting for Summer 2024! 

 

Mission Statement

Connecting generations to Edmonton's dynamic history through fun, unique, and immersive experiences. 

Heritage Gardens


The Heritage Garden Interpretive Program at Fort Edmonton Park consists of growing heritage varieties of annuals and perennials in our onsite greenhouse; developing an interpretive plan which outlines the garden designs; plant material representative of the historical gardener or era in which it is located; research; following heritage planting and gardening through the interpretive program.
What started out fifteen years ago as one simple vegetable garden has expanded into 15 market gardens, four feature theme gardens and two farm gardens! Fort Edmonton Park employs two full-time gardeners, and they rely heavily on the valuable assistance of the Heritage Garden volunteers.

Public Interpretation

Interpretation is about making meaning: where a language interpreter makes French make sense in English, a historical interpreter makes history make sense to modern people. Our Public Interpretation Department oversees activities and programs that bring history to life and ensures our stories are told in meaningful and accurate ways. 

We are currently recruiting for the following opportunities. Keep your eyes open for new ones, or check out the listing in the "General Interests" section above for more information about recruitment timelines. 

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