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 management 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 seasonal exhibits and 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 morning shifts on the following dates: (2019) August 16, September 21, October 5, October 24, November 7, (2020) January 18, January 31. Level of commitment: low. Click here to get started.
NEW! 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 webiste 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 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 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.
We are excited to launch a brand-new volunteer initiative at the Memphis Zoo: Family Volunteering! 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.
Join us as we prepare for our annual Enrichment Day event by making unique fun (and Star Wars themed!) enrichment items which will be delivered to our animals on May 4th!
Environmental enrichment enhances the quality of care for our animals by identifying and providing stimuli for psychological and physiological well-being. Our goal is to encourage natural behaviors through the use of enriching “toys” and other objects.
After you’ve made your masterpieces, we encourage you to come back on May 4th to see our animals enjoying (and sometimes destroying!) your creations during our annual Enrichment Day. This year’s “May the Fourth Be with You” event will take place all throughout the Zoo with activities and events for the whole family.
SAVE THE DATE: The next Family Volunteer Event Day will take place on May 11th from 10:00 to 2:00.
Location: Between the Dragon’s Lair and CHINA! (look for the signs)
Celebrate Mothers’ Day and Mother Earth! Join us as we contribute directly to the health of our environment by creating a pollinator garden. Families can help us prepare the ground, plant native pollinator-friendly plants, and create items that encourage pollinators to thrive in the area.
Plan to come back on May 18th to our Party for the Planet event series to celebrate Endangered Species Day, and revisit how our pollinator garden contributes to the ecosystem within our Zoo.
Who can participate: any family group – all ages welcome
Commitment level: Come and go between 10:00 and 2:00
How do we sign up: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
All docents are required to be a general volunteer and 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. Contact us for more information.