The Saskatoon Zoo Society is not the zoo. We are a non-profit organization that conducts environmental education programs at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo and surrounding areas. We are always looking for wonderful individuals to help us accomplish that. There are numerous events of which the Saskatoon Zoo Society relies on volunteers to donate their time and support a worthwhile cause. Continue reading this page to learn of the amazing experiences that are possible!

About Our Volunteers:

Founded in 1976, the Saskatoon Zoo Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in animals, wildlife, and environmental conservation. The Society coordinates a wide variety of educational programs at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. The success of these programs is due, in no small part, to a continually growing group of dedicated volunteers.

“To all the wonderful volunteers of the Family Day (fundraiser): Thank you for providing such a wonderful day for families in Saskatoon and area. Our grandchildren still call it the Best Day Ever! Each volunteer was so patient and giving – we truly had a wonderful day. Our hats are off to you all.”
Betty-Lynn Nylen

Volunteer Interpreters work directly with the public at informative displays of animal biofacts such as tracks, horns, antlers, feathers etc. Contact with the animal collection is limited to permanent education staff and zookeepers*.  Volunteers work in an interpretive capacity only.  Volunteers must be fluent in English and must be willing to speak in front of the public. Fluency in French or other languages is a definite asset.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age  (youth ages 14 – 15 will be considered on a case-by-case basis) with an interest in the environment and education. We also require a Criminal Record Check with the Vulnerable Sector Search (cost is covered by the Society, details will be given at the information session).

*Because we, the Saskatoon Zoo Society, are not directly employed by the City of Saskatoon (that operates the Zoo), we do not have volunteer positions that work directly with the animals at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.  The City of Saskatoon is looking at ways to allow limited animal contact with specified species for our team of dedicated volunteers.

Summer Volunteer Opportunities 2017

On-line registration to attend our information session will open on May 1st.  Register online (free) to attend our information session HERE . Our information session is tentatively set for Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 p.m. in the Affinity Learning Centre: Classroom #3. If you register, but then cannot attend, no worries! Just drop us an email before our session in May at and let us know you can no longer attend. There is no commitment involved after attending the volunteer information session. If you decide it is not for you after the session, then all you’ve given of your time is one hour!

Please contact us at the information below if you require further information.


Cathy Bartsch or Kathleen Zary

Saskatoon Zoo Society

975-3395   (please put “volunteer” in the subject line)

Special Event Volunteers

These are volunteers that assist with our special events and fundraising activities.

Special Event Volunteers are assigned roles such as ticket sellers, parking attendants, food preparation and serving, activity supervisors, etc. The time commitment ranges from two to six hours per event. If you can help with an upcoming special event, give the Zoo Society a call at (306) 975-3395.

Special Events for 2017: 

Family Day at the Zoo – Sunday, July 16, 2017 (event runs 9am-4pm) Shifts will be available.
If you are interested in assisting us with this event, please contact Kathleen Zary at

Zoo Run – April 23, 2017 (event runs 9am-Noon) Volunteers are required earlier for set-up.
Please contact Greg Fenty at if you are interested in assisting with this event.

There are a wide variety of smaller special event days throughout the year. These are a good area for someone who can come out on an occasional basis. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

Other Volunteers

Board of Directors
Members are needed to fill a variety of rewarding board positions within the Society. You must be able to attend monthly meetings and be prepared to commit ten volunteer hours or more per month. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting in March of each year. (Must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a member for a minimum of six months.)  Please contact our current President, Claire Bullaro at if you are interested in learning more about our board of directors.