Volunteer Opportunities

Becoming a Volunteer…

Zion Nature Center volunteers help our visitors discover their backyards through a variety of roles. Volunteers work with our staff, gain valuable knowledge, partake in unique experiences and deepen their awareness for our local habitats.

Who should apply?

  •     Adults, teens (14+), and groups
  •     Those who can make a time commitment
  •     Independent people and team players

Want to help, but you’re under 14 years old? You can!
You need to have a parent or adult work with you. Follow the procedures below for filling an application and make sure your adult fills one out too. 

We encourage teen applicants to call and fill out applications themselves. This way they can learn about the nature center on their own and we can learn about them too.

I am interested, what do I need to do?

  • Print and complete the Volunteer Interest Form 
  • Mail or e-mail the interest form to:
    Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech St. Zionsville, IN 46077
  • Allow 2 – 3 weeks for us to receive and review your application, we will contact you to discuss any volunteer opportunities and scheduling. 

Volunteer opportunities are limited. Availability is determined by the season, weather, skills offered and supervision/leadership available. 

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Job Responsibilities

  • Animal Care Team - Volunteers assist with feeding and care of educational animals while learning proper handling, and health of reptiles and amphibians. 
  • Summer Junior Counselor - Students aged 14-18 years can volunteer as a junior counselor and assist our Park Naturalist and part-time staff with Summer Nature Camps. Help prepare, lead and clean up camp crafts and activities. Must love working with the little ones! Gain valuable leadership experience and it looks great on a resume! Minimum 2 week availability during the summer (tell us your availability; we schedule based on that). Additional weeks possible in summer.
  • Public Programs & Special Events Assistant - Volunteers assist Park Naturalist with preparation and execution of annual events and programs. Duties may include setup and breakdown, preparation, decorating, etc. Programs and events are mostly held on nights and weekends.
  • Outreach Events - Help us have a friendly and knowledgeable presence in the community at a wide variety of events. Lend a hand providing information about the nature center, our parks, and various programs held throughout the year.
  • Trail Monitor - Volunteers help keep our trails looking good by removing trash. Trail monitor volunteers report trail maintenance issues and answer trail user questions.
  • Public Programs & Special Events Photographer - Professional and amateur photographers are needed to photograph Zionsville Park's various programs, events, trails, flora, and fauna. 
  • Gardening and Maintenance - Volunteers help maintain our native plant garden and landscape plantings around the Zion Nature Center. Help keep our bird feeders clean and filled. Plant, weed, and trim to maintain and beautify the space for the public enjoyment and our educational programs.
  • Natural Resource Management - Volunteers help keep our parks looking good by removing invasive plants and helping with trail maintenance. Volunteers participate in our annual Pull for Parks and other invasive plant management projects.
  • Habitat Restoration Projects - Help keep our habitats healthy and assist staff with restoration projects including prairie seeding, milkweed plantings (Mayor's Monarch Pledge) and other habitat projects.
  • Fundraising - Have experience in marketing, fundraising, etc? Volunteers help raise awareness of the Zionsville Parks work, goals, and financial needs. Help organize activities to raise funds or otherwise gather donations or sponsorships for events, exhibits and other park needs.