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!
Volunteering at the Memphis Zoo is an 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.
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 leadership experience within their field of study. Level of commitment: high. Look below under INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for more information.
Special Event Volunteers—volunteers age 14 and older who work various seasons during special events. Level of commitment: low. Click here to inquire 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. We currently have openings for group volunteers in four-hour
Family Volunteers - Families are as busy as they have ever been and finding time together is a priority. Traditional volunteer opportunities have not been available for all ages, so now the Memphis Zoo would like to encourage volunteers of any age to spend time contributing service to the Zoo with their families. This is an opportunity to spend quality time together as well as volunteering time to benefit our community and our animals. Family Volunteer Events take place periodically throughout the year. Check the website and our social media pages for the next available date. Click here to get started.
Docents—volunteers who educate the public about our animals at the exhibit areas, conduct scheduled tours of the Zoo and assists in a wide variety of educational needs. 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. These specialized volunteers show their commitment through ongoing training and a committed schedule. Level of commitment: high. Click here to inquire about the Docent program.
The following steps are required to become an active General Volunteer:
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 over 40 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.
Families are as busy as they have ever been and finding time together is a priority. Traditional volunteer opportunities have not been available for all ages, so now the Memphis Zoo would like to encourage volunteers of any age to spend time contributing service to the Zoo with their families. This is an opportunity to spend quality time together as well as volunteering time to benefit our community and our animals.
Who can participate: any family group – all ages welcome
Commitment level: Come and go between 12:00pm and 2:00pm
How do we sign up: Email us at email@example.com with the names and ages of each participant.
We offer UNPAID internships in the following areas:
Click HERE to view open internship opportunities and to apply online.