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Volunteer Service Areas

Volunteers have the opportunity to work in many different service areas of the Zoo. Training in most areas will be on-the-job with Zoo staff and/or Mentor Volunteers. Some service areas, however, require special training.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Service Area Description Available Shifts
Administrative services Stay cool inside assisting different administrative departments like Education, Membership, Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and Special Events. Volunteers will assist with data entry, mailings, making copies, and other administrative duties as assigned. Shifts vary
Animal nutrition kitchen Be a part of creating the diets for each animal in the Zoo. Learn about animal diets and food preparation from a professional dietician. This is indoor work with limited public interaction. Everyday
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enrichment team Assist with projects designed to stimulate thinking and behaviors in captive animals. Using household items, Volunteers are able to create enriching items for our beloved animals. 1st Saturday and
3rd Sunday of every month
1 to 4 p.m.
Events Zoo Atlanta hosts many exciting events throughout the year. We need your help welcoming guests, helping with event setup and breakdown, and running special stations (crafts, activities, etc) during events. Shifts vary
Giraffe assistant Encourage guests of all ages to participate in this unique animal experience. Enhance guest’s experience by helping the Giraffe Guides with line management, flow of guest traffic, and/or cutting browse.  Shifts vary
(On hold until Spring 2014)
Guest services Be a train conductor! Operate the GNG Blue Flame Express Train or Nabisco Endangered Species Carousel. Help our Admissions staff by greeting guests and facilitating guests entering the zoo. Shifts vary
Horticulture team Explore the world of natural habitats and learn about the relationship between animals and their environment while working with the horticulture staff. 2nd Saturday
of every month
8 a.m. to Noon
Petting zoo Assist keepers and staff with raking, hosing, and general cleaning of animal exhibits and holding areas. Introduce our guests to our friendly sheep and goats in the contact yard. Everyday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Research Assist curators and keepers with various projects that help us understand our guests and animals better. This may range from animal observation studies to con-ducting guest satisfaction surveys. On Hold
Zoo Ambassador This is your chance to offer our guests an outstanding Zoo experience! Greet all our guests with a cheerful and helpful attitude, offer tips on how best to explore the Zoo, and answer guest questions. Everyday
9:30 a.m. to closing

Adult Volunteer Opportunities - higher commitment required

Docent Docents educate the public about our animal collection, research and conservation efforts. Experienced docents can also lead tours and conduct animal encounters.

Requires additional training and commitment of 80 hours of service per year.
Everyday
9:30 a.m. to closing
Exhibit interpreter Interpreters engage guests within Zoo Atlanta’s high profile Parakeet and Giant panda exhibits, maintain animal and guest safety, and educate guests on animal’s natural history and conservation issues.

Requires additional training and commitment of 60 hours of service per year.
Everyday
9:30 a.m. to closing
Husbandry aid Husbandry Aides assist keepers with various projects including cleaning, scrubbing, and/or diet preparation, enrichment. This will require a strong desire to do hard work, but it is a great opportunity to get involved with animal husbandry!

Requires additional hands on training and commitment of 1 shift per week for a minimum of 4 months.
Everyday
Shift vary

Family Volunteer Opportunities

Education assistant Assist Education staff by helping with our educational programs on zoo grounds. This is a great opportunity to learn about our Zoo animals, develop public speaking and story book reading skills, and have fun together as a family. Weekends
Shifts vary
Enrichment Assist with projects designed to stimulate thinking and behaviors in captive animals. Using household items, Volunteers are able to create enriching items for our beloved animals. Coming soon
Events Zoo Atlanta hosts many exciting events throughout the year. We need your help welcoming guests, helping with event setup and breakdown, and running special stations (crafts, activities, etc) during events. Shifts vary
Exhibit interpreter Interpreters engage guests within Zoo Atlanta’s high profile Parakeet and Giant panda exhibits, maintain animal and guest safety, and educate guests on animal’s natural history and conservation issues.

Requires additional training and commitment of 60 hours of service per year.
Everyday
9:30 a.m. to closing
Zoo Ambassador This is your chance to offer our guests an outstanding Zoo experience! Greet all our guests with a cheerful and helpful attitude, offer tips on how best to explore the Zoo, and answer guest questions. Everyday
9:30 a.m. to closing
Zoo's Clues Zoo’s Clues is an activity targeted to children ages 6-10 that allows them to solve a mystery while visiting the Zoo. The mystery changes every month. Help us run this amazing program for our guests by staffing Detective Headquarters! Saturdays
Shifts vary

Online volunteer application form >

  • Volunteer Resources E-mail: volunteer@zooatlanta.org
  • Volunteer Fax Line: (404) 624-5806
  • Volunteer Resources Phone: (404) 624-5946