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 below 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.

Education Station

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.

Time & Location

This activity takes place onsite at the Chattanooga Zoo. Please email to establish a date and time for your child or group to come to the zoo a minimum of one week in advance.

Additional Info

The guardian or group leader may choose the appropriate length of time. There will be a minimum time limit of 30 minutes and a maximum time limit of 2 hours.

Great Heights Bake Sale

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.

Time & Location

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.

Additional Info

The leader may reach out to to establish a date where funds are exchanged and the volunteers are thanked for their efforts with a unique experience.

Enrichment Project

Volunteers will practice their creativity by creating an enrichment item for the animals at the zoo. The volunteer(s) will be able to practice their craft skills and possibly their woodworking skills.

Time & Location

The creation of the enrichment item is an independent project to be completed offsite. Please email to establish a date for the item to be distributed to the animal and give the volunteer an opportunity to speak with a keeper.

Additional Info

Please email to receive a list of potential projects and approved materials.

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.

  • 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 MLA Format 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 or at 423-697-1322 ext: 5790.

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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 or at 423-697-1322 ext: 5790.

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