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!

 

  • Meet our volunteer of the year, Dr. Dan Lyons

    Dr. Dan Lyons is a dedicated volunteer. He volunteers five days a week as a guide in both the Museum & Aquarium. Read more about how Dr. Dan Lyons is making a difference here at Wonders of Wildlife.

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  • Basic Requirements

    Volunteer shifts are typically 3-4 hours in length and at least one day per week. FREE training classes are provided. To get started, fill out and application and we will contact you for a brief interview. We look forward to welcoming you as a Wonders of Wildlife team member!

    Apply Online
  • Guest Engagement Guides

    Inform our guests about the mysteries of the deep by presenting fascinating facts about our 1.5-million gallon aquarium or share the secrets of the wild by educating our guests on the history of conservation in our fully immersive 4-D wildlife galleries. This is your chance to exchange stories, triumphs, and passions while celebrating the significant contributions of our partners in conservation.

  • Greeters

    Inform our guests about the mysteries of the deep by presenting fascinating facts about our 1.5-million gallon aquarium or share the secrets of the wild by educating our guests on the history of conservation in our fully immersive 4-D wildlife galleries. This is your chance to exchange stories, triumphs, and passions while celebrating the significant contributions of our partners in conservation.

  • Education Volunteers

    Share your knowledge and passion for wildlife, conservation, and education by assisting with field trips and educational programing. By helping to give all of our visiting students and their families a great experience, you can help to shape the next generation of conservationists!

  • Animal Care

    Gain vital experience in daily care and feeding of a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Duties may include cleaning, diet prep, feeding, observation, record keeping, and veterinarian care.

  • Water Quality and Chemistry

    Assist the Water Quality Technician with water quality issues throughout the museum. Gain knowledge and skills involved with testing water temperature, ammonia levels, nitrites, nitrates, pH, dissolved oxygen levels, and much more!

  • WOW School and Outdoor Skills Volunteers

    Attend weekend events across the state of Missouri while you educate the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and their families about your favorite outdoor skills! This is a great opportunity to teach skills like archery, shooting sports, rappelling, gigging, and outdoor crafts while practicing personal safety and outdoor responsibility.

  • Divers

    Dive into our 1.5-million gallon Aquarium featuring the world’s most amazing aquatic habitats!

    Our volunteer divers assist with underwater maintenance and perform dive shows alongside 35,000 live animals that plunge guests into a tour of the world’s underwater ecosystems. By joining the volunteer dive team at Wonders of Wildlife, you can enjoy diving all over the world, right here at home!

    To be considered, applicants must have the following qualifications:

    • SCUBA Certification
    • 20 logged dives
    • CPR and First Aid Certification
    • 02 Administration Certification

    After the initial interview and submission of the above qualifications, divers must complete a physical, pass a swim test, and complete a skills check-out dive with our dive team. For help finding classes or for questions about how to get started, call 417-225-1134.

    To qualify for tryouts on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, applications must be turned in by Friday, June 21.

    To qualify for tryouts on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, applications must be turned in by Friday, September 6.

  • Animal Health

    Learn how to conduct routine health examinations, nutritional analysis, fecal analysis, take accurate observations, and even assist with minor surgeries!

  • Life Support Systems

    Experience life behind the scenes of our 1.5-million gallon aquarium while you assist our staff with the routine operations of the life support systems for all of our exhibits in the museum! Learn to rebuild pumps, backwash sand filters, maintain tanks, and more! You will also have the opportunity to take the Aquatic Animals Life Support Operators (AALSO) Level 1 Exam for certification!

  • FAMILY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

    Family Volunteers serve as Guest Engagement Guides at exhibits and animal touch experiences. Parents or guardians are volunteering side by side with their child(ren) (up to two children per parent/guardian) to engage guests and provide a fun and educational environment. Family volunteers encourage guests of all ages to explore, discover, and learn with each interaction.

    Learn more about this opportunity here.

Internships Available!

  • Education
  • Animal Care
  • Animal Health
  • Water Quality and Chemistry
  • Life Support Systems

Deadlines to apply for internships are as follows:

Summer Internships: April 15
Fall Internships: July 15
Spring Internships: November 15

 

Contact


For more information, contact us at:
Phone: 417-268-7971
Email: volunteer@wondersofwildlife.org