February 3, 2006 - Knoxville Zoo has several
volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas for those with a passion
and love for animals.
Knoxville Zoos annual Volunteer Fair will be held Saturday,
Feb 11, from 1-3 p.m. in the Zoo Conference Center. Those interested
in volunteering at the zoo are invited to attend anytime during
the fair. Participants can check in at the Fort Sanders Ranger Station
located at the zoos front entrance for directions. Zoo staff
and current volunteers will be available for questions and comments
throughout the fair.
volunteers perform multiple tasks such as assisting with educational
programs, working with zookeepers, exhibit interpretations, outreach
programs, and special events. There are more than 100 volunteers
who assist at the zoo on a regular basis, contributing more than
14,500 hours annually to assist with zoo operations.
Volunteers receive many benefits including discounts at zoo food
and retail venues and behind-the-scene orientations of exhibits.
Participants must be at least 14 years of age or older and a member
of the zoo. There is a training fee, which includes a volunteer
manual and shirt. Adults must attend a four-day training course.
Youth training is a multi-step process that will be discussed at
the Volunteer Fair.
For further information on the Volunteer Program, please contact
Linda Galyon, volunteer coordinator, at 865.637.5331 ext. 374 or
For those interested in employment possibilities, the zoo will
also host a job fair on Feb. 18 to hire staff for the upcoming season.
Knoxville Zoo is located off exit 392 from Interstate 40 and is
open every day except Christmas Day. The zoo is nationally accredited
by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association and is committed to
the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation,
and education. Currently, the zoo is open every day from 10 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one hour before the
zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information,
please call 865.637.5331 ext. 300.