Volunteen Program

The Volunteen Program promotes the personal and professional development of teenagers so that they become leaders in animal science and conservation education.

The Volunteen Program is designed for students ages 14 to 17. It is an opportunity for teenagers to have fun volunteering at the Zoo while learning about the environment, wildlife conservation, community engagement and professionalism. Through this program, Volunteens will learn communication and customer service skills, as well as develop their independence and responsibility. Volunteens serve in a wide variety of service areas to help prepare them to pursue careers in the zoological field.

Volunteens work toward a minimum of 160 service hours over the course of a program year (June – May). To learn more about the many experiences Volunteens have as part of the program, please click here.

Applications for the 2020-2021 program year are now closed. If you would like to join our email list to receive updates on upcoming dates, deadlines, and information about the Volunteen program, please sign up by clicking here.

Important Upcoming Dates:

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

  • Volunteen Preview Nights*: Dates for the Preview Nights for the 2021-2022 program year will be announced in October 2020.
  • New Volunteen Application opens: Sunday, November 1, 2020
  • New Volunteen Application due:  Monday February 1, 2021 by 5 p.m.
  • New Volunteen Interviews: Dates for interviews for the 2021-2022 program year will be announced in October 2020. One date only is required for invited applicants.
  • New Volunteen Orientation: Dates for orientation sessions for the 2021-2022 program year will be announced in October 2020. One date only is required for selected candidates.
  • “The Zoo and You” training for all Volunteens: Monday, June 7 – Friday June 11, 2021. Each day is required, and makeup trainings are not offered. All Volunteens must attend all days.

*Volunteen Preview Night is 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 register to attend the event.

14-17 years old


VOLUNTEEN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must complete all application steps to be considered for the program.
  • To be eligible for the program, Volunteens must be 14 to 17 years old by June 1, 2021 and be enrolled in high school (or equivalent program) for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Volunteens commit to 100 service hours in the summer semester (June 1 – August 31), 30 hours in the fall (September 1 – December 31), and 30 hours in the spring (January 1 – May 31).
  • Volunteens pay a $30 orientation fee to cover a name badge, uniform T-shirt and access card. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.
  • All Volunteens must have a current TB test on file for each year of active service by June 1.
  • All accepted new Volunteens are required to attend an orientation with a parent.
  • All Volunteens are required to attend a week-long “The Zoo and You” training at the start of the summer semester. Each day is required, and makeup trainings are not offered.

HOW TO APPLY:

1. Complete an online application.

All new applicants must fill out an online application form with minimal help from parents or others. Please be sure to double check all contact information, including emails, cell phone and parent contacts, as we will use this information to contact you regarding your application status. All new applicants should carefully and thoughtfully answer all essay questions independently. 

The link to the Volunteen application will be posted here in October 2020 and will open on November 1, 2020. 

2. Submit the Science Teacher Reference Form.

One of your science teachers who knows you best should complete the Science Teacher Recommendation. If you are enrolled in homeschool, your parent can complete this form if they are your science teacher. To be considered, DO NOT have a teacher of any other subject fill out this form. You or your teacher can mail, fax or email this form to the Volunteen Supervisor. Science Teacher Reference Forms are due on or before February 1, 2021 by 5 p.m.

A link to this Google Form will be posted in October 2020 and will open on November 1, 2020.

3. Submit a letter of recommendation.

Submit one letter written by an adult who knows you well and is NOT a family member and is NOT the same teacher who completed your Science Teacher Recommendation. Examples of potential recommenders includes teachers of other subjects, coaches, family friends, religious leaders, employers, extracurricular activity leaders or others. A letter of recommendation must be in letter form (do NOT use the Science Teacher Reference Form for this). 

Your recommender will use a Google Form to upload their letter. A link to this form will be posted in October 2020 and will open on November 1, 2020.  Letters of recommendation are due on or before February 1, 2021 by 5 p.m.

You may also use the Volunteen Application Checklist to ensure you have submitted all required materials. You are not required to submit the checklist with your application. You will receive an email confirming your application is complete when all materials have been received. Please allow a few days after submitting your materials for your application to be processed.

Email:
teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org

Due to the competitive nature of this program and in fairness to those who comply, only applications submitted by the February 1 deadline will be considered. Those who do not meet the deadline or are not invited to interview are encouraged to try again the following year.

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteen Program at Zoo Atlanta! Contact the Volunteen Supervisor at 404.624.5882 or teenvolunteer@zooatlanta.org with any questions.

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