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.



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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 temporarily on hold. Please check back in fall 2022 for updates.

The Volunteer Experience Ambassador (VEA) is designed to enhance the visitor experience. The VEA will engage with visitors by providing them with relevant information about the facility (wayfinding, upgrades, closures, “did you know” fun facts, etc…); use short, engaging, relevant and personal interactions to enhance the experience.

At the Valley Zoo, this means sharing content about our animals and inspiring a connection to the environment and conservation. 

  • 18+  (10+ with adult supervision)
  • Friendly & Outgoing
  • Customer Service experience
  • Ability to work independently
  • Educational background including Biology/ Zoology is an asset
  • Complete Police Information Check and successfully pass an interview

Notice: Zoo Aide program discontinued

The Zoo Aide program has been discontinued effective July 2022. This decision was made after a long and careful review, and aligns our volunteer program more closely with industry standards. All current and future volunteer opportunities will focus on interacting with and educating visitors about our animals and conservation activities. There will be no opportunity for volunteers to have direct contact with our animals.

We recognize and thank all our former Zoo Aide volunteers for their generous gift of time and dedication to both the animals and animal care team at the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Further questions can be directed to rfsvolunteer@edmonton.ca

How to Get Involved

Volunteer Experience Ambassador  |  Special Events  |  New Projects coming in 2023

  • Ages 13+
  • Fill in an Application
  • Entry-level positions, such as Special Events, do not require a Police Information Check to volunteer.​ 
  • 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
  • Once you have attended a Volunteer Orientation you can log in to MyImpactPage.com and start signing up for opportunities. 
  • Check out all the areas that Community & Recreation Facilities has to offer.


Volunteer Services

780-496- 4935