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 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 to 13 years old. 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.

Thank you for your interest in the J.O.E.Y. Volunteer Program. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accept new participants to our program. As we continue to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must be considerate of what program capacities are and what assignments are available at this time. We plan to re-open applications to this program in the future once we are able to ensure that we can run the program in a way that is mutually beneficial to Zoo Atlanta and the program participants.  

We appreciate your interest in our Volunteer Programs and hope you will check back with us closer to fall 2021 for updates to the programs.  

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 to 13 years old by June 1, 2021, and they must volunteer with an adult who is a parent or guardian.
  • J.O.E.Y. Volunteers commit to serving during 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. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.
  • 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.


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