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John Ball Zoo - PVC Enrichment Builder

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John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo is looking for someone that has worked with PVC, and is confident in their skills to build items from PVC based on provided descriptions and/or instructions to create enrichment for the animals!

Animal Care Staff throughout the Zoo offer items (called enrichment) to our animals that encourage species typical behaviors. This can include a wide range of items from balls that are strong enough for bears to push around, to puzzle feeders with fun treats inside that encourage our primates to problem solve. Check out our video below for our Otters using some PVC puzzle feeders (at minute 4:18)!

This volunteer opportunity will be project based. PVC tubes will be provided. Glues and tools will need to be supplied by the volunteer. Builder will work closely with JBZoo Enrichment Coordinator on project design and requirements but project will be completed at home.

  • Requires ability to work with schedule 40 (white) PVC tubes, PVC cutting devices, and PVC glues
  • Must be able to cut PVC of various diameters (up to 10" in diameter), drill holes up to a few inches in diameter, use a sander to smooth PVC edges
  • Ability to cut rectangular cutouts in larger PVC tubes is a bonus

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About John Ball Zoo


1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, US

Mission Statement

John Ball Zoo inspires people to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment.


We are the oldest zoo in Michigan, located in Grand Rapids. Currently our collection includes about 270 species and about 1,500 individual animals. We have approxiamtely 500,000 visitors annually.



We'll work with your schedule.


John Ball Zoo1300 W Fulton StGrand Rapids, MI 49504



  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing


  • People 55+


  • This opportunity is project based, time to complete project will depend on comfort and skill with material and tools.
  • Must have necessary tools, zoo does not have tools available for use.

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