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.

A volunteer interest fair will be held at the zoo on January 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No admission purchase required to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet current volunteers and our staff as well as ask any questions about the program.

For any questions, email jpeer@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

Our next Adult Volunteer Workshop will be February 29 and March 1, 2020 (both dates mandatory). Additional trainings are being planned for June and September 2020. Contact Jared Peer at jpeer@zooknoxville.org for more information.

Our next Youth Volunteer Workshop will be held on April 4th and 5th, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Youth Volunteer application packets are due no later than Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. There will be an interview scheduled following review of applications.


For youth inquiries, contact Autumn Jackson at ajackson@zooknoxville.org.
For adult and all other inquiries, contact Jared Peer jpeer@zooknoxville.org.

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