The Chattanooga Zoo believes strongly in the idea that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. As such, we feel it is imperative that they are exposed and educated regarding the care for and conservation of animals. The Chattanooga Zoo offers a variety of youth opportunities. See the options below to discover what would be the best fit for your needs and/or interests. If the individual is 16 to 18 years old, they must have a General Release & Hold Harmless agreement signed by their guardian prior to volunteering. If they are 15 years old or younger, a guardian or chaperone must be present with the minor for the entire volunteer shift.

Are you or is someone you know passionate about animals and volunteering?

Look no further than the Chattanooga Zoo! Youth can complete the activities below in order to give back to the community and the wonderful animals!

Education Station

What?

Volunteers will practice their public speaking skills while educating guests about the importance of zoos and aquariums. Biofacts (skulls, furs, and etc.) will be provided to help them engage with the public.

How?

Please email volunteer@chattzoo.org to establish a date and time a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Length?

A parent or guardian must accompany youth ages 8 to 15 during the duration of their time at the Zoo. The Education Station can be set up for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of four hours.

Great Heights Bake Sale

What?

Volunteers will practice their baking skills & their philanthropy skills to help the zoo raise the money necessary for the “Reaching Great Heights” expansion that will bring giraffes and lions to the zoo.

Where & When?

This is an independent project led by the guardian or group leader. This volunteer opportunity will be done outside of zoo property and timing will be up to the leader.

Miscellaneous

The leader may reach out to volunteer@chattzoo.org to establish a date where funds are exchanged and the volunteers are thanked for their efforts.

Interaction Station

What?

Volunteers will enhance our younger Zoo guests visit by encouraging them to explore items through microscopes, share conservation messages through coloring sheets, and promote interactive play in our new Nature Play area.

How?

Please email volunteer@chattzoo.org to establish a date and time a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Length?

A parent or guardian must accompany youth ages 8 to 15 during the duration of their time at the Zoo. The Interactive Station can be set up for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of four hours.

Job Shadow

The Chattanooga Zoo is providing opportunities for high school & college students to experience what it is like working at the Zoo. Valuable lessons will be learned during the day and students will gain insight into a potential career field.

Requirements
  • Must be a high school or college student
  • Completed application submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to your requested job shadow day *Participants will be processed and notified of approval after review
  • A minimum 1 page essay to be submitted with your application explaining "Why you want to job shadow at the Chattanooga Zoo"
  • This is a three-hour opportunity and is usually scheduled from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. EST.
  • There is no cost for this opportunity. However, students can purchase a “Zookeeper for A Day” t-shirt for $10.
  • Abide by the dress code stated within the job shadow agreement-attached to application
  • A smile and a good attitude

For more information about job shadows, contact us, at education@chattzoo.org or at 423-697-1322 ext: 5786.

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Counselor in Training (C.i.T.)

Counselors in Training play an important role in all aspects of the Zoo's Summer Camp. They will work under the direct supervision of the summer camp staff by assisting with games, child management, crafts, and more. Applications will only be accepted January through April.

Below are the qualifications required for Counselors in Training:
  • Must be 14 years old
  • Must have a friendly attitude & enjoy working with children
  • Must be able to lay active games & work outdoors in various temperatures
  • Must have the ability to work unsupervised, follow multi-step directions, and accomplish tasks in a timely manner
  • Must be able to contribute three weeks of service

For more information contact us, at education@chattzoo.org or at 423-697-1322 ext: 5790.

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