Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Zoo Atlanta! Please complete this form to start the application process. Please be sure to enter your email address correctly as that is our primary mode of communication.


Contact Information


Demographic Information

You may optionally provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers. An age entry is required as some of our evening events require volunteers to be 21 years of age or older.



Additional Information


Emergency Contact Information

Please provide contact information for two (2) individuals who may be reached in the event of an emergency.



Availability & Preferences

Please let us know when you might be available to volunteer with us.



Skills & Interests

Use this section to tell us what skills you're able to bring to our team. Please also indicate any languages where you might be able to assist us in communicating with guests. Checking a box does not represent fluency, but please only select languages in which you are able to carry on a conversation.



Short answer questions

Please provide answers to all of the questions below. The Volunteer Supervisor will review your entries to select candidates to continue in the process. This is your first chance to express why you're interested in volunteering and how you plan to support Zoo Atlanta's mission.



Question 1

Our mission is to save wildlife and their habitats through conservation, research, education and engaging experiences. Our efforts connect people to animals and inspire conservation action. Is there an aspect of our mission that inspired you or motivates you to volunteer?




Question 2

What do you hope to gain through volunteering at Zoo Atlanta?



Question 3

What are your thoughts regarding animals in human care?



Question 4

Please list any animal welfare and/or conservation organizations you currently support or have previously supported and in what capacity you support(ed) them.



Question 5

If you or someone you know is a current or former Zoo Atlanta employee or volunteer, please include their name(s) below.



Notification and Agreement

I certify that all answers given by me are true, accurate and complete. I understand the falsification, misrepresentation or omission of fact on this application (or any other accompanying or required documents) will be cause for denial or immediate termination regardless of when or how discovered. I also agree to immediately notify Zoo Atlanta if I should be convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, breach of trust, controlled substances, sexual misconduct, abuse or violence while my application is pending or during my period of volunteer service.


ACCEPTANCE OF ZOO ATLANTA POLICY:

I understand that this application does not create a contract for my volunteer service. I understand that if accepted, I am obliged to comply with any and all current and subsequently adopted policies. I understand that if accepted, my volunteer service may be dismissed at any time for any reason, with or without notice. I understand that no person is authorized to change any of the terms mentioned in this application.


RELEASE OF INFORMATION:

I authorize any person, school, current employer, past employer(s), and organizations named in this application to provide Zoo Atlanta with any information and opinion request in connection with my application, and I release such persons and organizations from any legal liability in making such statements.


NO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:

I understand I shall not be considered an employee for any purpose, and no health, accident or workmen's compensation insurance, nor any type of employee benefits, shall be provided for me by Zoo Atlanta.


CONFIDENTIALITY AND NON-DISCLOSURE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

I understand the trade secrets, proprietary information and other internal information, data and materials of Zoo Atlanta are valuable assets. I agree not to disclose to any other person, other than Zoo Atlanta's employees, board of directors, interns, and volunteers, any information whether such material is developed before or after this date. I also agree not to remove any confidential information off Zoo Atlanta's premises while on duty. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to: email communications, patent, patent application, logo, copyright, trademark, trade name, service mark, know how, trade secrets, customer list and their information, supplier list and all inclusive information, zoo records, operational methods, Zoo policies/practices, personal information of employees/volunteers/interns, marketing data/plans/strategies, financial information, and information/data/materials developed by employee/volunteer/intern including all media (film/photographs).


STANDARDS OF CONDUCT ACKNOWLDEGEMENT:

Zoo Atlanta is responsible for setting forth in clear terms the standards of conducts and ethical behavior required by its employees/volunteers/interns. Certain actions are completely inappropriate and unacceptable for the work environment. Violation of the rules of conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the volunteer program. I agree not to violate the following list; however a violation not listed is also grounds for disciplinary action and termination. As an employee/volunteer/intern, I agree not partake in any dishonest, criminal, violent, and offensive actions as well as unauthorized possession (theft), illegal use of substances (drugs, alcohol, and other intoxicants), making false or malicious claims toward others (employee, intern, volunteer, Zoo Atlanta), and accepting/giving food or merchandise at a reduced rate or free of charge. I agree to abide by all animal related as well as safety related policies set by Zoo Atlanta.


RELEASE FROM LIABILITY:

I hereby release Zoo Atlanta and their respective agents, representatives, trustees, officers, employees and volunteers (the "Released Parties") from any and all liability whatsoever arising out of any damage, loss or injury to me or my property incurred as a result of my volunteer activities for Zoo Atlanta. I further agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless the Released Parties from any and all losses, damages and liabilities for indemnities, contribution or otherwise with respect to any and all property damage, personal injury and/or death incurred in connection with my volunteer activities, as might be asserted by a third party (defined as any party other than the Released Parties or me). My estate shall hold harmless Zoo Atlanta and their respective agents, representatives, trustees, officers, employees and volunteers from any claims or actions by my relatives or legal representatives based on my death or injury as a result of my volunteer activities.


VIOLENCE FREE AND WEAPON FREE POLICY:

Zoo Atlanta is a violence free and weapon free environment. However, if you do own a concealed weapon, we ask that you provide a copy of your license to carry a weapon to Human Resources. As a volunteer, I agree not to carry my weapon onto Zoo Atlanta premises. All Zoo Atlanta employees/volunteers/interns are expected to comply with our Violence in the Workplace policy. Failure to provide a copy of your license to carry a weapon to Human Resources is grounds for immediate dismissal.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:

It is the policy of the Zoo Atlanta to afford equal opportunity to all volunteer applicants without regard to age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, expunged juvenile records, or pregnancy, and to afford equal opportunity to disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and individuals with a disability and any other characteristics protected by Federal, State, or Local Law. Zoo Atlanta is committed to a drug/alcohol free workplace and prohibits any form of harassment.


TRAINING:

I understand that certain volunteer activities require special training. I shall not undertake such activities without the required training. I also understand that my volunteer activities will not qualify me as an animal keeper and will not lead to a paid position.


QUESTIONS:

Questions regarding this application should be directed to volunteer@zooatlanta.org. This application will be given every consideration, but its receipt does not imply that the applicant will be accepted.