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 teen.

School Community Service Hours

The Chattanooga Zoo is a great place to help you complete your volunteer hours for school all while giving back to your community and helping an organization that is dedicated to the care and conservation of animals all around the world.

  • Must give notice at least 1 week before volunteer date
  • Participants must bring a signed Volunteer Agreement, Photo Release Form, and Liability Form
  • Volunteers must abide by the dress code as stated in the Volunteer Agreement.
  Community Service Agreement

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.

  • Prospective counselors must have a friendly attitude & enjoy working with children
  • Counselors should be able to play active games & work outdoors in various temperatures
  • Prospective counselors must have an ability to work unsupervised, follow multi-step directions, and accomplish tasks in a timely manner
  • C.i.T. training sessions required
  • Counselors must be 15 years or older
  • Camp runs for 9 contiguous weeks starting in June
CiT Application

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"
  • Documentation on your school's letterhead stating that job shadowing is a requirement
  • 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: 5711.

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Zoo Club

For any teenager interested in volunteering and learning more about animals, zoos, and the wild world around us, the Zoo Club is the perfect club.

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