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!

ZOOMINESCENCE

 

Craft Assistant

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Help visitors create their own holiday crafts to take home with them! As a craft assistant you will explain instructions, maintain supplies and help provide inspiration.

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. You must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with the general public.


Fire Monitor

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

You will be in charge of keeping the fire going throughout the evening. You will also be monitoring to make sure guests are being safe. Ability to light a fire is an asset.

Requirements: Must be 16 years or older and have attended a Special Events Volunteer Orientation Session. You must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with the general public.


Hot Chocolate Server

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Are you outgoing and personable? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the position of hot chocolate server. In this position you will serve skate shack visitors hot chocolate and monitor donations. In addition, you must be comfortable handling money as you will be responsible for selling mittens, hats and cups. You will also be expected to clean the skate shack at the end of each night.

Requirements: Must be 13 years or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. Must be energetic, enjoy interacting with the general public and comfortable working with minimal supervision.


Photo Booth Assistant

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Are you interested in helping families make loving memories? This position will be perfect for you! You will be in charge of making sure all props are set up and monitored throughout the night as well as assisting with the photos themselves.

Requirements: Must be 13 years old or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. you must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with the general public.


Skating Pond Monitor

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

You will be in charge of monitoring the skating pond throughout the the evening and informing first aid if there are any injuries or staff if the pond needs attendance. You will also be helping keep the skate shack clean.

Requirements: Must be at least 16 years or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. You must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with the general public.


Slide Monitor

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM

You will be in charge of the Children’s Ice Slide for the evening. You will open the slide at the beginning of the evening and close it at the end, let guests know the slide rules and try to ensure everyone has fun but stays safe.

Requirements: Must be 16 years or older and have attended a Special Events Volunteer Orientation Session. You must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with the general public.


Ticket Taker

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Interested in being the first face guests will see before entering the event? If so, ticket taker is the position for you! As a ticket taker you will be in charge of scanning Eventbrite tickets, taking hardcopy tickets and advising guests where things are throughout the evening.

Requirements: Must be 16 years or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. You must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with the general public.


Volunteer Room Host

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:15 PM – 9:45 PM

In this position you will be in charge of the Volunteer Room. This will include checking other volunteers in and out of their shifts, providing guidance to volunteers and entertainers when needed and making sure the room is tidy and food is displayed at all times.

Requirements: Must be 16 years or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. You must also be energetic and enjoy interacting with other volunteers.


Santa’s Workshop Attendant

DATES:Dec. 10, 17
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:15 PM

Santa’s Workshop is a special place that will have small gifts that children can purchase for their family, friends or special someone! To preserve the magic of the Holidays, we need Santa’s very own volunteer elves to answer any questions for the public, keep an eye on all of the toys and help children pick out the perfect gift!

Requirements:To be suitable for this position you must have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation and be 13 years of age or older.


Santa’s Workshop Gift Wrapper

DATES:Dec. 10, 17
TIME: 4:30 PM – 9:15 PM

Santa’s Workshop is a special place that will have small gifts that children can purchase for their family, friends or special someone! To preserve the magic of the Holidays, their gift must remain a secret until it’s time to open it together; therefore, we need Santa’s Workshop Elves to volunteer and wrap those gifts in festive paper!

Requirements: To be suitable for this position you must have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation and be 13 years of age or older.


Hot Chocolate Maker

DATES:Dec. 1-3,8-10,15-17,22-24,& 26-30 2017
TIME: 4:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Can you mix a mean cup of hot cocoa? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to make hot chocolate and transport it to the hot chocolate shack.

Requirements: Must be 16 years or older and have attended a Special Event Volunteer Orientation Session. Must be 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!