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Henry Vilas Zoo Carousel Crew

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Henry Vilas Zoo

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"Which animal is the fastest?"
"We missed this so much!"
"This is her first time on the carousel."

Do you enjoy making your community smile? Consider joining the volunteer Carousel Crew at Henry Vilas Zoo!

What does the carousel crew at HVZ do?
During our Phase 2 reopening, we're in need of volunteers to help operate our carousel and welcome guests. Carousel Crew duties at HVZ include:

  • Set our guests' visit off right by welcoming them to our newly reopened Children's Zoo
  • Run the carousel, take tickets and ring the giant bell to get the ride started!
  • Wipe down carousel animals after each ride.
  • Work as part of a team of staff and volunteers.
  • Thank guests for visiting and supporting HVZ

Volunteer Hours
Carousel shifts are available Fridays through Sundays, 9:30AM-1PM and 1-4:30PM. Minimum shift requirement is every other week for 6 months (about 7hrs/month).


  • A friendly smile
  • A genuine desire to improve Zoo guests' experience
  • A team spirit
  • Dependability
  • At least 18 years old.
  • (Optional) Bilingual/Multilingual volunteers strongly encouraged to apply

COVID-19 Health/Safety

  • In accordance with Dane County and state mandates, all staff, volunteers, and visitors over the age of 4 are required to wear masks at all times when on grounds. We provide paper masks free of charge for any visitor or volunteer who may need them.
  • Carousel positions are a combination of inside & outside the carousel building. In accordance with Dane County Public Health recommendations, we allow a limited number of guests in the carousel building at any given time.
  • We have stools/chairs for those volunteers who may have a hard time standing for extended periods of time.

2 Shifts

  • 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM
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About Henry Vilas Zoo


606 South Randall Ave, Madison, WI 53715, US

Mission Statement

The purpose of The Friends of the Zoo is to raise funds to promote and support the programs and activities of the Henry Vilas Zoo.

To achieve our purpose, we work in partnership with the Henry Vilas Zoo to:

  • Provide EDUCATION about the animal world.
  • Support CONSERVATION of animals and their habitat.
  • Enhance quality RECREATION and foster community pride.
  • Acquire animals and create and/or improve exhibits.
  • Raise and accept funds to accomplish these endeavors.


Friends of the Zoo helps keep the Henry Vilas Zoo free to the Madison community. Our volunteers and interns play an extremely important role in providing quality services to the many guests who utilize The Friends of the Zoo's services and programs.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts


702 South Randall AveMadison, WI 53715



  • Customer Service


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Carousel shifts are available Fridays through Sundays,¬†9:30AM-1PM and 1-4:30PM.¬†Minimum shift requirement is every other week for 6 months (about 7hrs/month).

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