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 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.
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. Level of commitment: low. 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 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.