J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Program

The J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Program at Zoo Atlanta

The J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Program (Just Outdoors, Events, and Youth) is an opportunity for families or guardian-child groups to give back to their community and to spend time together outdoors by volunteering at events hosted by Zoo Atlanta.

The J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Program is for parents or guardians and children ages 8-13 years old to volunteer at Zoo Atlanta. JOEY Volunteers earn service hours by serving at a minimum of nine of the Zoo’s public events over the course of a year.

Once children turn 14 years old, they are encouraged to apply to the Volunteen Program, and parents are encouraged to apply to the Adult Volunteer Program. Click here to learn more about the many experiences J.O.E.Y. Volunteers have as part of the program.

2020 Important Dates

Mark your calendars for these dates! Contact the Volunteen Supervisor at 404.624.5882 or teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org with any questions.

  • J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Preview Nights*: Thursday, December 5, 2019 and Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
  • New J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Application opens: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • New J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Application due: Saturday, February 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • ALL (New and Returning) J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Orientation: Friday, March 20, 2020 or Saturday, March 28, 2020. One date only is required for selected candidates.

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*J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Preview Night is for potential new J.O.E.Y. Volunteers and their parents! We invite you to Zoo Atlanta to learn more about the program, ask questions, and meet other Volunteers and staff. A parent must be present, and registration is required to attend the event. 

8-13 years old

J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Program Requirements:

  • Applicants must complete an online application to be considered for the program.
  • To be eligible for the program, children must be 8 – 13 years old by June 1, 2020 , and be able to volunteer with an adult who is a parent or guardian.
  • J.O.E.Y. Volunteers commit to serving with at least three events per semester (more are encouraged!). 
  • Volunteers pay an orientation fee ($15 per person) to cover a name badge and uniform T-shirt for each Volunteer. 
  • Adults are required to submit to a background check. One parent or guardian is required to volunteer for every two children volunteering.
  • J.O.E.Y. Volunteers are required to attend orientation and event-specific trainings at the start of each of their shifts.


1. Complete an online application.

All new applicants must fill out an online application for each child in your family or group. The youth volunteer should answer the short response questions in the application. The answers to the short responses will help us learn about your family’s interests and personalities, so please encourage them to complete these thoughtfully!

Please be sure to double-check all contact information, as we will use this information to contact you regarding your application status. We prefer providing a parent’s email address for each application. If a second parent or guardian is volunteering with the child or children, please provide their contact information by carefully following the directions under the “Parent/Guardian & Emergency Contact” section. One parent or guardian is required to volunteer for every two children volunteering.

J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Application

2. Monitor your inboxes for communication from us.

A member of the Volunteer Team will be in touch with you regarding your application status on or before March 1, 2020. All new and returning J.O.E.Y. Volunteers are required to attend orientation, so please mark your calendars for our 2020 J.O.E.Y. Volunteer orientation dates.

Please keep in mind that the J.O.E.Y. Volunteer program has a finite number of openings each year, and if your family is not selected for the program this year, we encourage you to apply again next year!

Thank you for your interest in the J.O.E.Y. Volunteer program at Zoo Atlanta! Contact the Volunteen Supervisor at 404.624.5882 or teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org with any questions.

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