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.

Help needed for Boo! at the Zoo 2019!

We are currently recruiting organizations to send volunteers for Boo! at the Zoo. Does your organization need service hours? Do you like team building opportunities? Do you value serving in the community? Then this event is for you! Organization leaders can fill out the registration link below for their group to be approved to help with Boo! After submitting it, our coordinator will send you a new link that each individual in your organization can use to sign up! Thanks for partnering with us to make 2019 the best Boo yet!
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 Workshops will be held in March, 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.