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 14-17. It is an opportunity for teenagers to have fun volunteering while learning about the environment, wildlife conservation, community engagement and professionalism. Volunteens develop their social skills, identity and independence and can make a difference with causes they are knowledgeable and passionate about.

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

Important Dates for 2019:

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

  • Volunteen Preview Nights*: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 and Thursday January 17, 2019
  • New Volunteen Application due: Friday, February 1, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • New Volunteen Interviews: Sunday, February 17, 2019 or Saturday February 23, 2019. One date is required for invited applicants only.
  • New Volunteen Orientation: Saturday, March 16, 2019 or Sunday, March 24, 2019. One date is required for selected candidates only.
  • Why Zoos Matter training for New Volunteens: Monday, June 3 – Friday June 7, 2019. Each day is required, and makeup trainings are not

*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.

Register for Dec. 11      Register for Jan. 17

14-17 years old


  • Applicants must complete all application steps to be considered for the program.*
  • To be eligible for the program, Volunteens must be 14 – 17 years old by June 1, 2019.
  • 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.
  • All Volunteens must have a current TB test on file for each year of active service by June 1.
  • Selected new Volunteens are required to attend an orientation with a parent.
  • All Volunteens are required to attend a week-long “Why Zoos Matter” training at the start of the summer semester. Each day is required, and makeup trainings are not offered.


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! Carefully and thoughtfully answer all essay questions independently. 

The application can be found by clicking here

2. Submit the Science Teacher Reference Form.

One (1) of your science teachers who knows you best should complete the Science Teacher Reference – Google Form.  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, 2019 by 5 p.m.

3. Submit a letter of recommendation.

Submit one (1) letter written by an adult who knows you well and is NOT a family member and is NOT one of your teachers. Examples of potential recommenders includes 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).  Letters can be handwritten using the address found below, or your recommender can use the Letter of Recommendation Google Form (preferred). Letters of recommendation are due on or before February 1, 2019 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.

If mailed by USPS, these documents must be postmarked by February 1, 2019, at 5 p.m. for the application to be considered.

They may be sent to:

Volunteen Program, c/o Rachel Clark
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315-1440


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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