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?

Two shifts per month or a minimum of 8 hours

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

There are different levels of volunteering that require different ages of volunteers:

  • Youth programs range from ages 12 to 16
  • Interpretive and Husbandry Volunteers must be at least 18
  • Core volunteer programs begin at age 17
Does it cost anything to volunteer?

A $10 fee is required for materials and uniforms.

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 other applicants.

What are the application deadlines?
  • Spring/Summer Volunteer application is due by March 1st.
  • Fall/Winter Volunteer application is due by August 1st.
  • Counselor In Training Program deadline, your application is due by April 1st.
  • Please see Internship Page regarding intern application deadlines