Volunteer or Intern at the Memphis Zoo

Become a Docent, too!

Thank you for your interest in the Memphis Zoo's volunteer program. We are very pleased to have an active and dedicated group of volunteers making a difference at the Memphis Zoo – and hope that you will become a part of our team!

Why Volunteer?

Explore the tab below to learn more about great opportunities to volunteer at the Zoo.


Why Volunteer?

    Volunteering at the Memphis Zoo is and excellent way to support our mission and give back to the community. Interested in a Zoo career? Volunteering is an excellent way to gain practical experience in many zoo related fields.

Types of Volunteers

General volunteers – long-term volunteers who adhere to an ongoing schedule and come regularly to the Zoo to do various tasks.  Level of commitment: medium.

Interns—college students who volunteer for a set period of time to gain practical and management experience within their field of study.  Level of commitment: high.  Click here to get more information about internships.

Special Event Volunteers—volunteers age 14 and older who work various seasonal exhibits and during special events.  Level of commitment: low.   Click here to get more information about Volunteering for Special Events.

Group Volunteers—groups of people who come as a whole, representing any type of organization, to volunteer collectively either during special events or periodically on small projects.  Level of commitment: low. Click here to download the application.

Docents—volunteers who educate the public about our animals at the exhibit areas, conduct scheduled tours of the Zoo, and give talks to organizations. Docents are important members of the Zoo community that bring to their role a deep interest in the natural world and a desire to share that knowledge with others.  Level of commitment: high. Click here to get more information about the Docent program.

How To Get Started

The following steps are required to become an active General Volunteer:

Complete our online Volunteer Application Form.

  • See our list of available Volunteer Opportunities and decide which opportunities interest you most and match your availability and skills.
  • Review our FAQs page.
  • Attend a Volunteer Information Session to learn more about the Memphis Zoo and the opportunities.
  • Pay a $50 Volunteer Membership Fee.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Attend an orientation to complete all paperwork and receive materials and uniform.
  • Begin volunteering!
  • Special Event Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers are needed to help staff our special and fundraising events at the Memphis Zoo. If your business would like a great way to get your employees involved, volunteering at the Zoo's special events could be the answer! Students - Zoo Boo and SunTrust Zoo Lights events are a great way to earn your required service hours with a total of 29 nights of opportunities to volunteer! Special event volunteers are booked through one main contact at your school, organization or business and volunteers work during the event. Independent volunteers should contact the Volunteer Coordinators directly.  Special event volunteers for Zoo Boo and SunTrust Zoo Lights work the entire shift of the event. No long term commitment or experience necessary.

    Special Events Volunteer Requirements:

    • All volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age. ; 14 and 15 year old volunteers must have a parent or guardian accompany and volunteer with them.
    • All volunteers must be reliable, hard working, able to follow instructions, able to work independently and able to work in outdoor weather conditions.
    • All volunteers must be people oriented and able to focus on the guests (refrain from using cell phones, iPods, etc.).
    • All (one time event) volunteers must complete and submit a Volunteer Waiver Form prior to volunteering.
    • Volunteer Groups must have a 1:5 adult (21+) to youth (18 and under) ratio and a group application on file.
    • Zoo Boo and Zoo Lights volunteers must work the entire shift.  

    Special Event Volunteer Opportunities

    • Earth Day Celebration – It’s your environment; help protect it!  Raise awareness for environmental issues by operating game or information stations.
    • Zoom through the Zoo – 4K run in and around the Zoo.
    • Members’ Night—an event in honor of our members. 
    • Dreamnight at the Zoo—an event for critically ill and/or severely disabled children
    • Harvest Fest—a celebration of harvest time and local artisans.
    • Senior Day—a day free for Senior Citizens.
    • Zoo Boo—a seasonal Halloween event with various fun volunteer positions available
    • Zoo Lights—month long, winter Holiday event with various positions available. Others as they arise!
    • Others as they arise

    Special Event Volunteer Benefits:

    • An opportunity to become a part of wildlife conservation and education in your community.
    • Get your group involved with the Zoo.
    • The chance to meet people and share the excitement of the Zoo.
    • Complete required service hours for school.

    Get Involved

    • Get your email address added to our Event Volunteers Email distribution list by emailing our volunteer office.  Put “Event Volunteer Email List” in the subject line.
    • Find out specific event dates by calling the Volunteer office at (901) 333-6653.
    • Commit to working a specific date and shift.
    • Submit the Volunteer Waiver Form (must be updated every 6 months) prior to event.
    • Come prepared to have fun, focus on our guests, and complete the shift.

    Forms Needed for Special Events Volunteers

    Volunteer Waiver Form

    Group Application

    Internship Opportunities

    Northwest Passage/Teton Trek Internship

    The Northwest Passage/Teton Trek internship is designed to be a career learning experience in the field of animal care. The intern will work alongside keepers to gain firsthand experience in food preparation, exhibit cleaning and maintenance, water quality monitoring, animal husbandry for a variety of taxa including mammals and birds, guest interactions and animal presentations (both formal and informal). The intern will be expected to accomplish a special research, observational, or school project. A commitment of 10-12 weeks and 40 work hours per week is expected. Housing must be acquired by individual and internship is unpaid. The internship will run mid-May through Mid-August. Start and end dates are flexible. 

    • Preference is given to those currently studying a related science field or those who have just completed one. All applicants must have completed their freshman year at an accredited college or university and must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
    • Applicants should be able to work in all weather conditions, on all terrain and be able to lift 50lbs.
    • Must pay $50 volunteer membership fee (covers shirt, badge, background check, etc.)
    • Cleaning: Approximately 60 percent of the time is spent maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the animals, staff, and public.
    • Food preparation: Approximately 15 percent of the time is spent preparing diets for all the animals. This includes thawing, sorting, weighing, cutting, formula preparation, and vitamin administration.
    • Recordkeeping: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent maintaining records of weights, diets, water quality, job duties accomplished, and other records that are assigned by the animal care staff.
    • Public interactions: Approximately 15 percent of the time is spent interacting with the public and answering guests' questions. Interns will be expected to learn informal keeper chats as well as assist keepers with the formal sea lion show (including speaking on a microphone).

    • Special project: Approximately 5 percent of the time is spent working toward accomplishing a special project. This may be a requirement of the school, or may be assigned by the supervisor.


    Interested in Research Internships? Click here for further information. Internships are offered three times a year:  Summer, Fall and Spring.  All applicants must have completed their freshman year at an accredited college or university prior to applying, and must be maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA in the area of their major. Only applicants majoring in the sciences will be considered for animal care internships; however students in any field may apply for administrative positions. Interns must commit to working a minimum of 24 hours per week for eight consecutive weeks.  All Memphis Zoo internships are unpaid. Interns will be considered volunteers, and therefore will operate under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinators, as well as their area supervisors and also be required to pay the $50 Volunteer Membership Fee. Click here to download the application.

    Deadlines for applications are as follows:  April 10 for Summer (May-Aug) internships, July 1 for Fall (Sept-Dec) internships and November 1 for Spring (Jan-Apr) internships. 

    The Memphis Zoo will be happy to facilitate any projects or presentations deemed necessary for credit. ALL PROJECTS MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE BY ZOO STAFF SUPERVISOR.

    If you need additional information or to submit your forms, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinators or call the Volunteer Office at 901.333.6654 or by email at volunteer@memphiszoo.org.

    LOGIN TO VOLGISTICS 

    Watch the Pandemonium Live

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Online application form


    ADMISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANT

    (SEASONAL)

    Be a part of our Admissions and Membership teams and help expedite guest entry by queuing up admissions lines and keeping them flowing. Promote and sell annual memberships. Assist Membership team in answering guest questions, preparing membership promotion materials and mailings, etc. 

    TIME COMMITMENT: This position requires a commitment of at least one 4 hour shift per month. Shifts are from 10am-2pm and 11am-3pm on weekends and 2pm-6pm on Tuesdays.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must have good interpersonal communication skills and enjoy working with the general public. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.

    AGE MINIMUM: 16

    ARTS AND CRAFTS DEMONSTRATORS 

    (SEASONAL)
    Calling all folk artists! We are looking for artists to demonstrate their art or craft on our farm porch! Demonstrate folk arts and crafts that relate to farm or country living, such as bluegrass, weaving, clogging, etc.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Demonstrations are held on weekends, should begin at 1:30pm and last a minimum of 30 minutes. Must commit to at least two demonstrations between the months of March and October.

    SPECIAL NOTES: Demonstrations are generally held outdoors on our farm porch. Must be able to operate in outdoor weather conditions.


    PARTY HOST

    (SEASONAL)

    Do you have a friendly and outgoing personality with lots of visible energy? Would you like to be a part of the wildest parties in town? If so, you may enjoy being a part of our events team. Assist with birthday parties and picnics by escorting guests to party site, and being available to assist guests during event.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Times are flexible, but must be able to commit to two 4 hour weekend shifts per month; March-November.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be friendly and outgoing. Must have excellent customer service skills. Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time. Must be able to work in outdoor weather conditions.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 16 years of age.

    RECORD KEEPER

    (ONGOING)

    Do you prefer to be away from the crowds? You may enjoy record keeping! Enter animal data into our system. Communicate with animal area staff to keep records up to date.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Dates and times for this position are flexible but require a commitment of at least 2 hours per week. 

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be meticulous and detail oriented. Must have basic computer skills. Must be able to work independently.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 16 years of age.


    RETAIL

    (ONGOING)

    Under the direct supervision of the Elephant’s Trunk store manager, help maintain orderly check-out lines and assists with the general flow of customers throughout the retail shops. Help our retail team by stocking, pricing, monitoring inventory, maintaining merchandise displays, assisting guests in product selection, bagging items, etc.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. This position needs to be filled from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and 12 pm to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to learn store merchandise quickly. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time. Must have general retail knowledge.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 16 years of age.

    RIDES ASSISTANTS

    (SEASONAL)

    Assist our rides team by keeping lines queued up and flowing smoothly, helping load and secure guests and unload after ride, and operating rides.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Shifts are between 10 am and 4 pm. Must commit to at least two 4 hour shifts a month. 

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work in outdoor weather conditions. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time. Must be comfortable around children.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 16 years of age.


    SCHOOL GROUP TEAM

    (SEASONAL)

    Do you love kids? If so, come and volunteer as part of our school group team. Help expedite entry into zoo by communicating with teachers, unloading buses, guiding kids toward the appointed gates and coordinating with other team members to keep both motor vehicle and foot traffic flowing.

    TIME COMMITMENT: This is a recurring opportunity that requires a commitment to work at least one 3 hour shift (9am to 12 pm) per week on weekdays during April and May.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to stand for extended periods of time. Must be comfortable around children. Must be able to effectively communicate with others. Must be able to work in outdoor weather conditions.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 18 years of age. 

    ANIMAL AREA – ONCE UPON A FARM

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Curator and/or keeper, assists with the duties involved with running Once Upon A Farm. Volunteer will encourage public interest in the animals by answering questions and interacting with the public. Work will involve, but is not limited to, cleaning lots, feeding and watering animals, cleaning barns, washing windows, sweeping pathways and making enrichments. 

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work will be performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items such as bags of feed (50 lbs.) and bales of hay (50-70 lbs.).

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: Ability to work with a variety of domestic animals, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with domestic animals a plus.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Volunteers will not be able to work directly with the animals, for instance grooming or training, unless accompanied by a keeper.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. Shifts are from 8am to 12 pm or 12pm to 4 pm. 

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 16 and older.


    NUTRITION CENTER

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the direct supervision of the nutrition center supervisor, assists with diet preparation for animals throughout the zoo. Work will include, but is not limited to, chopping fruits and vegetables, washing dishes, packing foods for delivery, weighing and measuring produce, weighing out meat and fish products, unloading food deliveries, cleaning kitchen and/or hay barn and hosing floor. Working conditions: work will be performed indoors. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, occasional bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items such as bags of feed (50 lbs.) And bales of hay (50-70 lbs.).

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: ability to follow written directions for diet preparation, ability to operate kitchen appliances, such as food processor, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with diet preparation a plus.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Work in the nutrition center requires commitment to weekly shifts (approx. 3 hours per week) and volunteers are generally needed from 9 am until noon Tuesday - Saturday.

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 16 and older.

    SECURITY

    (SEASONAL)

    Under the direct supervision of the guest services managers, helps manage crowds by securing entrance gates, checking for tickets, monitoring guest activity, immediate customer service, patrolling the zoo, etc.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Must be able to work in outdoor weather conditions. Must be friendly and have excellent customer service skills.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Shifts are Tuesdays from 2 pm to 6 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm, May through September and Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, April and May only. Must commit to a minimum of two 4 hour shifts per month.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 16 years of age.


    ANIMAL AREA-HATCHERY

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the direct supervision of the Curator, Assistant Curator and/or keepers, assists with the duties involved with juvenile and off-exhibit birds. Volunteer will encourage public interest in the animals by answering questions and interacting with the public. Work will involve, but is not limited to, cleaning cages, feeding and watering animals, washing windows, sweeping pathways and making enrichments.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work may be performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items up to 50 lbs.

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: Ability to work with birds, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with birds a plus.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. Shifts are 8 am to 12 pm daily. 

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.

    ANIMAL AREA-HOOFSTOCK (ROUND BARN)

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the direct supervision of the Curator, Assistant Curator and/or keeper, assists with the duties involved with exotic hoofstock animals in the Round Barn. Volunteer will encourage public interest in the animals by answering questions and interacting with the public. Work will involve, but is not limited to, cleaning lots, feeding and watering animals, cleaning barns, washing windows, sweeping pathways and making enrichments.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work will be performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items such as bags of feed (50 lbs.) and bales of hay (50-70 lbs.).

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: Ability to work with a variety of hoofed animals, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with hoofed and/or animals a plus. 

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. Shifts are 8 am to 12 pm daily. 

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.


    HORTICULTURE

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Will operate under the supervision of the Zoo Horticulturist, main duties will include daily watering and weeding in the tropical greenhouse, as well as assigned special projects (which may include taking cuttings, starting seeds, up-potting rooted cuttings and seedlings, assisting horticulture staff in planting and maintaining ornamental beds, working in the Birds and Bees Exhibit and Once Upon a Farm Exhibit, etc.). Volunteer can expect exposure to a wide variety of plants within the Zoo, including tropicals, annuals, perennials, water plants, cacti and succulents. This opportunity will give hands-on experience and firsthand knowledge of the maintenance and propagation of unusual tropical plants.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: May require long periods of standing or sitting, and frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items such as hoses and bags of soil and fertilizer. Requires ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Horticulture classes and/or experience with houseplants and/or gardening are a plus.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Dates and times are flexible, but must commit to working at least 8 hours per month.

    AGE REQUIREMENT: Must be at least 16 years of age.


    ANIMAL AREA - PENGUINS

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the direct supervision of the Curator, Assistant Curator and/or keeper, assists with the duties involved with penguins. Volunteer will encourage public interest in the animals by answering questions and interacting with the public. Work will involve, but is not limited to, cleaning dens, feeding and watering animals, washing windows, sweeping pathways and making enrichments.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work may be performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items up to 50 lbs.

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: Ability to work with penguins, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with domestics and/or birds a plus.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. Shifts are 8 am to 12 pm daily. 

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.

    ANIMAL AREA - TROPICAL BIRD HOUSE

    (Ongoing or Internship)
    Under the direct supervision of the Curator, Assistant Curator and/or keeper, assists with the duties involved with tropical birds. Volunteer will encourage public interest in the animals by answering questions and interacting with the public. Work will involve, but is not limited to, cleaning exhibits, feeding and watering birds, washing windows, sweeping pathways and making enrichments.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work may be performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items up to 50 lbs.

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: Ability to work with birds, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with birds a plus.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. Shifts are 8 am to 12 pm daily. 

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.

    ANIMAL AREA - LARGE HOOFSTOCK AND BIRDS

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the direct supervision of the Curator, Assistant Curator and/or keeper, assists with the duties involved with large exotic hoofstock and birds in the African Veldt. Volunteer will encourage public interest in the animals by answering questions and interacting with the public. Work will involve, but is not limited to, cleaning lots, feeding and watering animals, cleaning barns, washing windows, sweeping pathways and making enrichments.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work will be performed outdoors in all weather conditions. Requires long periods of standing, hauling materials over uneven and wet surfaces, frequent bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, and lifting items such as bags of feed (50 lbs.) and bales of hay (50-70 lbs.).

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES NEEDED: Ability to work with a variety of large hoofed mammals and large birds, ability to communicate effectively with the public, ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned. Experience with exotic or hoofed animals and/or large birds a plus.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to commit to at least two 4 hour shifts per month. Shifts are 8 am to 12 pm daily. 

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.


    CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH - ANIMAL CARE

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Under the supervision of research staff, main duties will include care of the Research amphibian colony which involves feeding animals, water changes, cleaning cages, and helping with measurements and record keeping for individual animal health records. The Research amphibian colony includes frogs, toads, salamanders, and occasional tadpoles.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must be conscientious and careful, comfortable working with slippery frogs and handling amphibian food items (live crickets and worms), ability to follow directions and complete tasks as assigned, good record keeping skills, requires frequent bending and stooping, you may get wet or have to work on wet surfaces. Experience handling amphibians is a plus but not required.

    TIME COMMITMENT: must be able to commit to a regular schedule of at least 3-4 hours a week.

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.

    ANIMAL AREA-BIRDS AND BEES

    (Ongoing or Internship)

    Assist with duties involved with running the budgie exhibit. The duties of this position change seasonally. During the summer, the volunteer will be working outside and must be able to answer questions about exhibit and interact with guests. Work will involve but will not be limited to cleaning budgie exhibit, feeding and watering budgies, and helping guests with millet feed for budgies, cleaning pathways in Birds and Bees exhibit. Shifts are needed for each day from 9-5. Shifts may be split into half days. During the winter, the volunteer will work in the nursery where the budgies will be kept during the cold weather. The volunteer will be responsible for cleaning budgie cages, giving food and water to budgies, and cleaning dishes and counters.

    WORKING CONDITIONS: Work will be performed outdoors in summer in all weather conditions. Work during the winter will be performed indoors in the nursery which may be dusty. Work will include but not limited to cleaning budgie cages and giving food and water to budgies.

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES: Should be able to lift heavy objects. Must be able to work with birds, interact with the public. Experience with birds is a plus. Must be able to follow instructions.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to work at least two 4 hour shifts per month.


    SANTA CLAUS

    (SEASONAL)

    See the Special Events Volunteers page and / or Zoo Lights page (coming soon) for more information. Under the supervision of the volunteer coordinators and Event staff, main duties will include meeting children and being their friend, acting jovial and happy at all times, being non judgmental, and posing for photographs all whilst staying within the character many of us know and love.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: A love for children is essential. Must be comfortable around children with special needs, be quick witted and creative, have a talent for remembering names, and be able to convincingly look and act the part. Acting experience a plus, but not required.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Must be able to commit to working at least 5 evening shifts, from approx. 5-10pm, throughout the Zoo Lights event between the dates of Nov. 19 and Dec. 23.

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 and older.

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    (SEASONAL)

    See the Special Events Volunteers information above for more information. Under the direct supervision of the special events manager or events staff, assists with community and educational events throughout the year. Work will involve, but is not limited to, pre-event design and set-up, assisting demonstrators or special guests, manning activity stations (varies from event to event) during the event, and post-event clean-up.

    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Interest and enthusiasm for working with people-especially children. Must be able to stand or walk for extended periods. Must be able to work in outdoor weather conditions. Must be able to work independently. Ability to lift heavy loads a plus.

    AGE REQUIREMENT: 14 and older. 14 and 15 year olds must have a parent or guardian volunteer with them.


    Information Technology

    (Ongoing or Internship)

     Under the supervision of the Network Administrator and Volunteer Coordinators, volunteer or intern will be responsible for providing initial phone or email contact for first level corrective action involving computer workstation hardware and software problems, setting up AV equipment for special events and setting up system hardware including PC and IP phones.  Receive assignments from Network Administrator using ticket management system to track progress.  Assist Network Administrator in coordinating service with staff and volunteer computer users, diagnosing problems and needs, and performing research to troubleshoot and resolve computer and software issues.  Work with Network Administrator to administer Voice-Over-IP phone systems and TCP/IP network.  Review backups, intervening where necessary.  Inventory and audit IT assets.  Other tasks as assigned. Please click here for more information about internships.

    TIME COMMITMENT:  Times are flexible, but must be able to commit to two 4 hour shifts per month. 
    SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS: Must have 1-2 years of relevant experience and a thorough understanding of electronic and technological equipment, systems and controls.  Must have good communication skills.  Must be able to effectively discuss and resolve problems.  Must have an aptitude and desire for learning new technologies.  Must be able to follow instructions.  May be required to bend, stoop, or lift to work on wires on other equipment.

    AGE REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 18 years of age.

    Please note: There are no volunteer opportunities available in CHINA, Northwest Passage, Teton Trek, Dragon's Lair or Pachyderms.


    Become a Docent

    What Docents Do

    A docent is a specially trained Zoo volunteer who interacts with the public at animal exhibits, gives guided tours, assists with educational classes, volunteers with special events as well as a variety of other activities that aid the Zoo in fulfilling its mission.

    Interested in Being A Docent?

    If you like interacting with people from around the world, have a passion for animal conservation and education, come be a part of the next training class that begins with an orientation in January. You must submit a volunteer application [DOC], meet with the Education department representative and attend the orientation session. There are a limited number of openings each year so apply now! For more information call 901-333-6500 or email volunteer@memphiszoo.org leaving your name and contact information.

    What Is Required To Be A Docent?

    All docents are required to complete a training program consisting of classroom work and on-grounds exploration. Docents meet a minimum number of hours per year, become a member of the Zoo and must be at least 21 years old.

    Docent Officers

      • President – Muffin Dixon
      • Vice President – Bettye Berlin
      • Secretary – Wanda Griffin
      • Treasurer - Bob Hamilton
      • Associate Training Coordinator – Van Harris
      • Educational Programs Coordinator – Van Harris
      • Interpretive Services Coordinator – Neal Berlin
      • Operational Support Coordinator – Cindy Rector
      • Membership Coordinator – Melinda Kauffman

    Connect - Chirp & Chatter

    Social Butterfly: