Becoming a Zoo Volunteer is a great way to help the Zoo and be involved in the community. Whether its animal care, educating the public, landscaping, interpretive services or office support, there’s a place for you at the Chattanooga Zoo!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the process take to become a volunteer?

Depending on available positions, orientation sessions, and events going on in the Zoo, it may take anywhere from 2-8 weeks for a volunteer to begin. Group volunteers, special event volunteers, and short-term volunteer activities will be handled accordingly and will not take as long to accommodate depending on openings.


How many hours do I have to commit to in order to volunteer?

Your commitment hours will vary depending on the volunteer opportunity you are interested in. Adult volunteers are asked to give 4 hours a week, while Intern volunteers are asked to work out a schedule with the department they are volunteering for. You will learn more about hours during your orientation.


How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers can range in ages. Please see the Volunteer Opportunity descriptions above that you are interested in to determine if you meet the age requirement.


Does it cost anything to volunteer?

Yes. A $25 fee is requested to cover the cost of your Volunteer Zoo shirt, name-tag, and training materials. 


Can volunteering at the Zoo lead to a paid position?

It is possible, but there are absolutely no guarantees that any volunteers will be offered a paid position. When a position becomes open, volunteers will be given equal consideration, as well as other applicants.


What are the application deadlines?

Some volunteer opportunities require applications to be in before certain dates, like internships and camp helpers. You can find these dates on the Volunteer Opportunity descriptions.


Current Volunteers

Click here to sign up!