Behind every great aquarium is a team of dedicated volunteers.
Our volunteers are an essential part of the Wonders of Wildlife, sharing our mission and passion of celebrating people who hunt, fish and act as stewards of the land and water. Be a part of an amazing expedition that covers more than a mile of immersive trails and exhibits showcasing 800 different species and 35,000 different animals from the wildest places on earth!
The Guest Engagement team guides our visitors on a trip around the world through immersive and interactive experiences. Our highly trained team enhances the WOW experience through helpful interactions, storytelling and world class guest services allowing our visitors to make unforgettable memories.
This is an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime!
Volunteers at Wonders of Wildlife serve at least one day per week. Shifts are typically 3-4 hours in length; for volunteers in specialized areas such as office assistant, divers, interns, and education, hours may vary according to department need.
We require a one-year commitment in order to experience Wonders of Wildlife to the fullest extent.
There is a brief interview in order to match volunteer skills with placement need.
WOW provides our volunteer team members with an orientation class, four-day training sessions and the materials you need to share our conservation message with our guests to educate them about the great outdoors.
If you're interested in volunteering in an area not currently posted or closed at this time, please submit an application and we'll contact you when a position matching your interest is available.
We look forward to welcoming you as a Wonders of Wildlife team member!
To volunteer, please fill out an application.
Wonders of Wildlife GreetersBe the first to greet with a cheerful smile as you welcome them to the largest, most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world! Assist guests by providing world class service as you help them locate needed facilities and amenities or engage them in conversation to build excitement for the adventure that waits just around the corner! Greeters and volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. This is an ongoing opportunity open to those who are enthusiastic, outgoing, and enjoy working with the public.
Aquarium Guest Engagement GuidesOur 1.5-million-gallon aquarium plunges our guests into a fully immersive voyage through the most incredible aquatic ecosystems on Earth. Guest Engagement Guides are stationed at exhibits throughout the aquarium to provide information on the species and habitats showcased. As an aquarium Guest Engagement Guide, you will be provided with information that will help you inform our visitors about the mysteries of the deep by presenting fascinating facts, asking thoughtful questions, and telling exciting stories. This is a vital part of our mission, as it provides our visitors with a deeper understanding and connection to the living world. Aquarium Guest Engagement opportunities are open to those who are 18 years of age or older.
Wildlife Galleries Guest Engagement GuidesRepresent one of the most respected conservation and education centers in the world based in Springfield, Missouri. Spanning more than 70,000 square feet, our wildlife gallery brings visitors eye-to-eye with the greatest collection of record-setting game animals ever assembled. We provide our Guest Engagement Guides with information about the animals featured within our 4-D dioramas that provide an up-close view unrivaled by any other encounter. This is a great way for you to make a positive impact on wildlife and conservation as you share the stories, triumphs, and significant contributions of our partners in conservation. Wildlife Galleries Guest Engagement opportunities are open to those who are 18 years of age or older.
Education Volunteers/InternsShare your knowledge and passion for wildlife, conservation and education with the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and their families. Education interns assist our education department with program development, presentations, and share the conservation message with the public through community outreach events at some of the most beautiful locations in the Ozarks. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age with reliable transportation and a good driving record.
Tomorrow’s Naturalist TodayOur "TNT", Tomorrow's Naturalists Today volunteer program is designed for teens with a passion for wildlife and the great outdoors. TNT participants share our conservation message by presenting animals and informing the public about wildlife habitats at public encounters. Teens must be outgoing with good verbal communication skills, and have an interest in working with the public and animals. Must be 13-17 years of age. This opportunity is closed at this time.
Special Event VolunteersSpecial event volunteers are needed at various public and private functions throughout the year. they assist with setting up displays, tables, chairs, booths, and banners. Additional tasks include greeting guests, crowd management, and providing assistance as needed. Special event assistants must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time and enjoy working with the public. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and older.
Animal Care Volunteers/InternsUnder the supervision of our animal care team, animal care assistants within our Life Science department, gain vital experience in the daily care and feeding of a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Daily duties consist of cleaning, preparing diets, feeding, observation, record keeping and veterinarian care. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older.
WOW School/Outdoor Skills Volunteers/InternsWOW school volunteers assist the conservation educators with one of the many outdoor events and programs held across the state of Missouri. This opportunity is perfect for someone with outdoor skills and knowledge that they would like to pass on as an instructor or assistant. Programs include but are not limited to archery, fire building, hunter education, shooting skills, fishing and more. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply and have knowledge of the activities listed above.
Volunteer DiverDive into our 1.5-million-gallon aquarium adventure featuring the wildest aquatic habitats on earth as a Wonders of Wildlife volunteer diver! Our volunteer divers assist our staff with in-tank maintenance and perform dive shows that plunge our guests into a tour of the world's amazing ocean habitats. For consideration, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have nationally recognized scuba certification, pass written and physical exams including swim and dive tests, and be able to commit to dive at least once a month. This opportunity is closed at this time.