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The Volunteen Program is designed for youth ages 14-17 (by June 1, 2017), and practices an experiential learning model focusing on development of leadership, interpersonal and professional skills while fostering responsibility, guest service and commitment.
 
New Volunteens interact with the public by introducing conservation topics and sharing the stories of our animals at specific animal exhibits. Over the course of their first year, Volunteens will also have opportunities to become involved in areas such as Safari Day Camp, Horticulture, and a number of special events.

Once their level of commitment and responsibility has been demonstrated in the program, Volunteens may have the opportunity to work alongside Zoo staff performing animal care and husbandry.

This program requires a one-year commitment from the teen volunteer, and from his or her entire family, who must provide transportation, encouragement, support and cooperation. This program is a serious time commitment and Volunteens are expected to make this program a top priority during the year.
We welcome your applications for this year! See below for the 2017-2018 application instructions. Applications for the 2017-2018 program year will be due March 3, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Requirements

Applicants must:

  • ​Be 14-17 years old by June 1, 2017
  • Be truly interested in making Volunteening a number one extracurricular activity of the year
     
  • This program requires a one-year commitment from the teen volunteer, as well as from his or her entire family, who must provide transportation, encouragement, support and cooperation. This program is a serious time commitment and Volunteens are expected to make this program a top priority during the year
  • Be willing to take a Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD Type)
     
If selected, he/she must:
  • Submit a negative Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD Type) by June 1, 2017
     
  • Attend one Orientation Session with a parent or guardian, April 30 or May 6
     
  • Attend all five days of the mandatory training, June 5-9 (no makeup training will be offered)
     
  • Wear appropriate attire at all times, which includes khaki bottoms, closed toe shoes, the provided Volunteen T-shirt, and name badge
     
  • Teens are expected to have:
     
    • 100 hours completed during the summer term – June 1 to August 31, 2017
       
    • 30 hours completed during the fall term – September 1 to December 31, 2017
       
    • 30 hours completed during the spring term – January 1 to May 31, 2018
  • Pay an Orientation Fee of $30. This fee provides the Volunteen with a T-shirt, name badge and water bottle, and will help to defray orientation and training costs.
To Apply

All new applicants must fill out an online application form with minimal help from parents or others. Please be sure to double check all contact information, including emails, cell phone, and parent contacts as we will use this information to contact you regarding your application status! Carefully and thoughtfully answer all essay questions independently.  
 
The application can be found by clicking here: Volunteen Application Form.

One (1) of your science teachers who knows you best should complete the Science Teacher Reference Form. If you are enrolled in homeschool, your parent can complete this form if they are your science teacher. To be considered, DO NOT have a teacher of any other subject fill out this form.  You or your teacher can mail, fax, or email this form to the Volunteen Supervisor.

In addition, submit one (1) letter written by an adult that knows you well and is NOT a family member and is NOT one of your teachers. Examples of potential recommenders includes coaches, family friends, religious leaders, employers, extracurricular activity leaders or others! A Letter of Recommendation must be in letter form (NOT the Science Teacher Reference Form).

You may also use the Volunteen Application Checklist to ensure you have submitted all required materials. You are not required to submit the checklist with your application.  You will receive an email confirming your application is complete when all materials have been received (please allow a few days after submitting your materials for your application to be processed). 

These documents must be postmarked by March 3, 2017, at 5:00pm in order for the application to be considered. They may be sent to:

Mail: Volunteen Program
        Zoo Atlanta
        800 Cherokee Avenue SE
        Atlanta, GA 30315-1440
 
Email: teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org


Due to the competitive nature of this program and in fairness to those who comply, only applications submitted by the March 3 deadline will be considered. Those who do not meet the deadline are encouraged to try again the following year.

Volunteen Interest Panel—February 9, 6:00-7:00pm
We are now offering a preview night for potential Volunteens and their parents! We invite you to Zoo Atlanta to learn more about the program, ask questions, and meet current Volunteens! You must bring a parent and RSVP to attend the panel.  Please email to teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org for more information and to RSVP.

Important Dates for the 2017 - 2018 Program Year
  • Interest Panel for Potential Volunteens – February 9, 2017, 6 – 7 PM
     
  • Completed Applications submitted or post-marked March 3, 2017 by 5 PM
     
  • Interview Dates for Selected Applicants - March 11 or 19, 2017
     
  • Orientation for Teens and Parents - April 30 or May 6, 2017
     
  • Training Dates - June 5-9, 2017
Thank you for your interest in Zoo Atlanta’s Volunteen Program. For more information, contact the Volunteen Office at: teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org