VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

The Valley Zoo Development Society is constantly in need of volunteers to help with fundraising events, to fill Board positions, and more. Whether it’s short-term or long-term volunteer opportunities you are looking for, the Valley Zoo Development Society would welcome the help. Scroll through our current volunteer opportunities, Ark Project Volunteer Opportunities, Board Positions, Ambassadorships, and Zoo Positions to find one that is right for you!

RED PANDA-MONIUM

 

Activity Assistant

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Do you enjoy watching children laugh and play? If so this position is right for you! We are looking for volunteers to run the Red Panda Memory Card Game, Activity Sheets, and Chalk Art stations. You and the other Activity Assistants will be responsible for all three activities as they happen at the same location. Please dress appropriately for the weather as this position is outdoors. Lunch will be provided.

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older, have attended a New Volunteer Orientation Session (prior to shift), energetic, enjoy interacting with the general public, and comfortable working with minimal supervision


Craft Assistant

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Are you enthusiastic, outgoing, and enjoy being part of an event? If so this position is right for you! This Craft Assistant position is located in the outdoor program tent. This position helps our Craft Facilitator explain, teach, and demonstrate how to make the red panda crafts to our guests. You will also assist with monitoring supplies and cleaning up the craft area. Please dress appropriately for the weather as this position is outdoors. Lunch will be provided. Come join the fun!

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older, have attended a New Volunteer Orientation Session (prior to shift), energetic, enjoy interacting with the general public, and comfortable working with minimal supervision


Front Gate Assistant

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

We are looking for people to volunteer alongside Valley Zoo staff at the front gate to help hand out maps, information sheets and answer any potential questions for patrons as they enter the zoo. Please dress appropriately for the weather as this position is outdoors. Lunch will be provided.

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older, have attended a New Volunteer Orientation Session (prior to shift), energetic, enjoy interacting with the general public, and comfortable working with minimal supervision


Visitor Survey Facilitator

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

We’re looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers to help facilitate the completion of visitor surveys! The Visitor Survey Facilitator is responsible for handing out visitor surveys to interested guests and collecting the completed forms. These surveys will be used to gauge visitor satisfaction at special events and are an amazing help to the Special Events Team!

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older, have attended a New Volunteer Orientation Session (prior to shift), energetic, enjoy interacting with the general public, and comfortable working with minimal supervision


Volunteer Captain

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
TIME: 9:15 AM – 5:15 PM

Help ensure that each volunteer has an exceptional leisure experience, provide additional support to staff during busy events, maintain a high safety standard, and assist with the delivery additional programs/activities during Panda-monium! This position is an opportunity to meet and interact with new people, to gain valuable skills and job experience, to work with other volunteers and develop your leadership skills, and work in a team environment. Complimentary refreshments while on shift and an invitation to attend the appreciation events for the facilities that you volunteer at are included.

As Volunteer Captain, your responsibilities will include greeting and signing in volunteers,communicating any problems that may arise to the Event Coordinator, ensuring volunteers are relieved for breaks,assisting with stocking/maintaining volunteer green room(s), and training & supervision

Requirements: Past experience volunteering with the Special Event Unit, demonstrated leadership capabilities, knowledge of the Edmonton Valley Zoo site, 16 years of age or older, ability to work under minimal supervision


Hands On Science Assistant

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017
TIME: 9:30 AM – 5:15 PM

Calling all scientists! The Hands on Science Assistant position will be responsible for assisting with the set-up, take-down and implementation of a variety of different “hands-on” science experiments designed and supervised by our expert scientist. Your job would be to encourage participation, give instructions and information and assist with difficult tasks. Instructions and information for each science experiment will be provided as part of your training. Lunch will be provided. Come join the fun!

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older, have attended a New Volunteer Orientation Session (prior to shift), energetic, enjoy interacting with the general public, and comfortable working with minimal supervision


HOW TO APPLY

The Valley Zoo Development Society accepts event volunteer applications through the My Volunteer Page App. Simply click the “APPLY TO VOLUNTEER” Button below, select the position you would like to volunteer for, login and fill out the application. We look forward to having your assistance!

Didn’t see what you were looking for? Remember to check back often, as this section is updated regularly. If you are looking to participate in a specific event, volunteer opportunities for Festival of Light (December) are posted end of October/November each year, while volunteer opportunities for ZooFest (June) are posted end of April/May.

 

 BECOME A VALLEY ZOO AMBASSADOR

Children are fascinated by the natural world, especially by animals. By providing them with a fun setting in which they can learn about nature, we can create lifelong ambassadors for the long-term health of all species on our planet.

As part of the revitalization of the Edmonton Valley Zoo, the original footprint of the ‘Storyland Valley Zoo’ will soon be transformed into an interactive space, called Nature’s Wild Backyard, which will feature animal experiences in their most natural setting. The Valley Zoo Development Society has made a commitment to raising nine million dollars in support of this project.

We need individual and corporate champions to help make Nature’s Wild Backyard a reality. We cannot do this without your support.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about making Edmonton a better place for its residents and visitors, and those who want to play a vital role in inspiring new generations of earth ambassadors who care about and are committed to preserving our planet.

We are looking for ambassadors to help raise awareness and funds for this incredible education and conservation facility in our community.

As a Valley Zoo ambassador, you will commit to:

  • raising $5,000
  • making 5 community connections
  • hosting a third party fundraising event

We invite you to join us as a Valley Zoo Ambassador to help us re-energize our zoo and create a space that inspires future generations.

To learn more about the role of the ambassadors or to pledge your support in this role, please contact:

Valley Zoo Development Society

E |donate@buildingourzoo.com

P | 780-944-0569

ARK PROJECT EVENTS

We are not currently looking for volunteers for any Ark Project events, thanks for looking!


Didn’t see what you were looking for? Remember to check back often, as this section is updated regularly. If you are looking to participate in a specific event, volunteer opportunities for Festival of Light (December) are posted end of October/November each year, while volunteer opportunities for ZooFest (June) are posted end of April/May.

BOARD POSITIONS

VOLUNTEER ENDOWMENT FUND DEVELOPER

The Valley Zoo Development Society (VZDS) is seeking an experienced Endowment Fund Developer volunteer to develop and implement an endowment fund as part of a capital campaign as well as increase opportunities for sustained operational funding.

VZDS is a registered charity and not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds and awareness for the Valley Zoo. Since 1988, the VZDS has acted in partnership with the City of Edmonton to ensure the continued development of this treasured local facility.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the VZDS Board, the Endowment Fund Developer will:

  • create and implement an overall endowment fund development strategy
  • develop a framework for major individual and planned giving donors
  • assist in developing and implementing a capital campaign

The key role of the Endowment Fund Developer is to improve the revenue of the VDZS. The candidate will engage in a team approach and thereby strengthen our organization’s capacity as a whole.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • develop, implement, and operate an endowment campaign
  • develop and maintain a donor data base
  • ensure community and funder relationships are developed, enhanced, and nurtured
  • ensure that all reporting requirements are met

QUALIFICATIONS

  • experience developing, implementing, and operation of a successful endowment campaign
  • demonstrated abilities in strategic planning and problem solving
  • proven abilities to work as a team player and to facilitate and mobilize support
  • demonstrated, well-developed influencing, negotiating and sales skills
  • ability to meet deadlines
  • strong writing, presentation, and networking skills
  • an understanding of budgets and financial reporting
  • fully literate in Word, Excel, and one or more fundraising database program
  • outgoing, inclusive, and welcoming in nature
  • resourceful, motivated, and energetic

For more information, please call: 780-496-6924

HOW TO APPLY

Please forward resume and covering letter to:

vzds@buildingourzoo.com

AT THE ZOO

The Edmonton Valley Zoo has a ton of fun and interactive volunteer opportunities, from assisting with zoo events, to becoming a zookeepers assistant, to being an education ambassador, to their Special Event Volunteer Program, Volunteer Education Ambassador Program (adults), Zoo Aide Program (adults),

Junior Urban Farmer Program, and Daycamp Volunteer Programs. If you would like to volunteer at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, visit the City of Edmonton’s Volunteer page to find out how to apply.

 

HELP BUILD OUR ZOO!

It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children's future and the planet!