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The Volunteen Program is designed for youth ages 14-17 (by June 1, 2015), 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 will 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 next year! See below for the 2015-2016 application instructions. Applications for the 2015-2016 program year will be due March 1, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be 14-17 years old by June 1, 2015
  • 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
  • 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, 2015
  • Attend one Orientation Session with a parent or guardian, April 25 or May 3.
  • Attend all five days of the mandatory training, June 1-5 (no makeup training will be offered).
  • Wear appropriate attire at all times, which includes khaki bottoms, 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, 2015
    • 50 hours completed during the fall term – September 1 to December 31, 2015
    • 50 hours completed during the spring term – January 1 to May 31, 2016
  • 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, as well as send two references, one from a science teacher and one from another adult who is not a relative. Online applications are due and both recommendations must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, at 5:00pm, in order to be considered. Due to the competitive nature of this program and in fairness to those who comply, only applications submitted by the March 1st deadline will be considered. Those who do not meet the deadline are encouraged to try again the following year.
 
The application can be found by clicking here: Volunteen Application Form.  If the application does not open by clicking above, copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=114774384

Applicants must have a high school science teacher (or middle school science teacher if they are not yet in high school) complete the Science Teacher Reference Form. Applicants also must submit a letter of recommendation from another adult who is not related to them.  

These documents must be postmarked by March 1, 2015, at 5:00pm in order for the application to be considered. They may be sent to:

Mail:
Natalie Dyer, Volunteen Supervisor
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315-1440
 

Fax:
(404) 624-5806

Important Dates for the 2015 - 2016 Program Year

  • Interview Dates for Selected Applicants - March 28 or 29, 2015
  • Orientation for Teens and Parents - April 25 or May 3, 2015
  • Training Dates - June 1 - 5, 2015
Thank you for your interest in Zoo Atlanta’s Volunteen Program. For more information, contact the Volunteen Office at: teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org