Adult Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Zoo Atlanta! Please read the information below about volunteering at the Zoo. Please note that the minimum age to volunteer is 18. Zoo Atlanta does not offer one-time community court-appointed service opportunities.

If this sounds interesting to you, please fill out our online application >

Interested in what type of volunteer work is offered? Check out our Volunteer Service Areas page>

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Volunteers are recruited for many service areas in the Zoo; see our current list of adult volunteer service areas. If you have further questions about the Volunteer Program and its requirements, please contact the Volunteer Supervisor atvolunteer@zooatlanta.org.

New Volunteer Orientation
After you have submitted your online application, Volunteers will be invited to attend a new Volunteer Orientation. Orientations are typically on a Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During orientation, Volunteers learn further information about the Adult Volunteer Program and the Zoo's policies and procedures. Volunteers will also purchase their Volunteer uniform and turn in all required paperwork.

Zoo Atlanta volunteers agree to:

  • Maintain a current Zoo Atlanta membership
  • Commit a minimum of 1 year and 50 hours of service per year
  • Purchase and wear a designated uniform and badge while volunteering on Zoo property or for offsite events (name badge=$5, T-shirt=$10)
  • Abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the volunteer manual (provided at orientation)
  • Attend designated training and continuing education classes for the service area(s) you serve
  • Report on time for scheduled events/service areas
  • Notify Volunteer Resources Department, in writing, of any change in volunteer status
  • Volunteer for current priority areas. Zoo Atlanta volunteers have many unique opportunities. Volunteers are a resource for current volunteer priority needs.

Zoo Atlanta agrees to provide volunteers:

  • Skills, training, and support materials needed for designated service area(s)
  • Continuing education program opportunities
  • Invitations to special Zoo events and annual volunteer functions
  • Discounts at food concessions and gift shops (show badge)
  • Opportunities to develop skills, make new friends, and learn about endangered species and conservation
  • A chance to make a difference while having fun!