Zoo Knoxville has volunteer opportunities for adults and youth ages 13–17. Our volunteers support the zoo’s mission and serve as zoo ambassadors in a variety of roles.

For any questions, email JLHurley@zooknoxville.org


  • Sharing information about the zoo’s animals, habitats and conservation programs with zoo guests
  • Assisting zoo staff with educational programs both on and off zoo grounds
  • Helping zoo staff with special events like BOO! at the zoo and Zoo Camp
  • Working behind-the-scenes to help with the zoo’s day-to-day operations


  • Maintain an annual zoo pass
  • Adults pay a $75 uniform and training fee. Youth pay a $100 fee
  • Volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service annually
  • Attend a minimum of 4 informative meetings a year

A 2-day new volunteer training workshop is mandatory. Due to continued impact of Covid-19, the workshop on June 6th and 7th will be postponed. A new date will be released as soon as it is available. Another training will take place September 13th and 14th, as well as a fourth-quarter training in November and December. Contact Jessica Hurley at JLHurley@zooknoxville.org for more information.

The 2020 Youth Volunteer season is underway and no longer accepting applicants. If interested in applying for the 2021 youth program, email JLHurley@zooknoxville.org to express interest.


For youth inquiries, contact Jessica Hurley at JLHurley@zooknoxville.org
For adult and all other inquiries, contact Jessica Hurley at JLHurley@zooknoxville.org


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