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 this year! See below for the 2016-2017 application instructions. Applications for the 2016-2017 program year will be due March 1, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.
Be 14-17 years old by June 1, 2016
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)
Submit a negative Tuberculosis Skin Test (PPD Type) by June 1, 2016
Attend one Orientation Session with a parent or guardian, April 30 or May 8
Attend all five days of the mandatory training, June 6-10 (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, 2016
- 30 hours completed during the fall term – September 1 to December 31, 2016
- 30 hours completed during the spring term – January 1 to May 31, 2017
- 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.
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, 2016, 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: . If the application does not open by clicking above, copy and paste this link into your browser:
Applicants must have a high school science teacher (or middle school science teacher if they are not yet in high school) complete the . Applicants also must submit a letter of recommendation from another adult who is not related to them.
Staci Wiech, Manager of Volunteer Programs
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315-1440
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP.
- Interest Panel for Potential Volunteens – February 11, 2016
- Interview Dates for Selected Applicants - March 13 or 20, 2016
- Orientation for Teens and Parents - April 30 or May 8, 2015
- Training Dates - June 6-10, 2016