Zoo Knoxville has a large volunteer team that helps with diverse opportunities. Program participants include adults and youth ages 13 and up. Our volunteers support the zoo’s mission and serve as zoo ambassadors.

Current adult volunteer trainings are set for late August 2022. The  training is a Saturday/Sunday. If there is enough interest we are considering a training during the week sometime in the fall.

If you are interested in learning more about applying for one of these classes please reach out to [email protected].


  • 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


  • Attend a 2-day new volunteer training workshop
  • 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


If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information, please email [email protected].