Adult Volunteer Program

Volunteering at Zoo Atlanta is a great way to learn about conservation issues, get to know others who share your passion for wildlife, give back to our community, or just have fun! Just as all wildlife is important to its ecosystem, Volunteers play an integral role in the advancement of Zoo Atlanta’s mission. The Adult Volunteer Program provides opportunities for individuals to use their talents to support Zoo Atlanta by matching their skills with the needs of various Zoo departments. We seek applicants who can work independently, are comfortable in a fast-paced environment, understand the role accredited zoos play in wildlife conservation, and can effectively communicate Zoo Atlanta’s mission to our visitors. 

Are you prepared to commit to an unforgettable experience?

To learn more about the Adult Volunteer Program and currently available opportunities, join us for one of our Information Sessions. Information Sessions will be held on the following dates:

February 29, 2020, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
June 20, 2020, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
October 10, 2020, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Click on a date above to register to attend.

Online applications are screened for completeness and apparent support of Zoo Atlanta’s mission. Selected applicants must complete an interview or volunteer service trial (e.g. assisting with an event) for final acceptance into the program.

Volunteer Orientations occur 3 times per year in January, May and September. Applicants accepted into the Adult Volunteer Program between January 1 and April 30 will be invited to orientation dates in May 2020. Volunteer Orientation dates and times will be provided upon final acceptance to the program.


  • Complete an online Adult Volunteer application
  • Adult Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and no longer a high school student
  • Commit to six months of volunteer service and commit to 4 service hours per month
  • Pay a $30 orientation fee to defray the cost of your name badge, uniform T-shirt, and background check
  • Pass a background check
  • Provide negative TB test results
  • Maintain a current Zoo Atlanta Membership (paperwork provided at orientation)
  • Complete required trainings
  • Attend Volunteer Orientation (invitation is provided upon further review of your application)

Apply today

Please contact the Volunteer Supervisor at if you have further questions about everything our Adult Volunteer Program has to offer.  

Please note: We do not offer one-time community court-appointed opportunities.

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