Volunteers help further the mission of The Elephant Sanctuary. If you are interested in donating your time and energy to help, read below for details about volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer EleAmbassadors donate their time, energy, and enthusiasm to raise awareness of the needs of elephants in their communities and beyond.
EleAmbassadors staff exhibit booths, make presentations to local school and community groups, organize runs, host bake sales, and more!
For individuals seeking a meaningful way to take action for elephants, becoming an EleAmbassador is a great way to get started.
If you are interested in becoming an EleAmbassador, please click the button below to fill out the form and The Sanctuary’s Volunteer and Outreach Manager will get back to you shortly!
The Elephant Sanctuary’s onsite volunteer program serves two important purposes. It provides The Sanctuary with a devoted, short-term workforce helping complete a variety of work projects, and it gives The Sanctuary’s supporters an opportunity to donate time and energy to a cause they support while learning firsthand about the mission and work of The Elephant Sanctuary. Applications to participate in a 2023 Volunteer Day are now closed — check back in 2024 for future opportunities! Make sure to sign up for our EleNews list for the latest info and email announcing registration.
Each Volunteer Day, a small group of individuals will spend the day working alongside staff at The Elephant Sanctuary. Volunteer work projects may include painting, raking, weeding, pruning, clearing brush, moving/organizing supplies, creating enrichment items, and much more. No matter what task you are assigned during your Volunteer Day, you can rest assured that your donation of time and energy will be well spent.
The Elephant Sanctuary does not offer volunteer experiences that include interaction with elephants, nor does The Sanctuary guarantee that elephants will be seen by volunteers during their Volunteer Day.
The Elephant Sanctuary is a pet and tobacco-free facility. Only volunteers who have registered and been approved by staff will be allowed on grounds. The Elephant Sanctuary reserves the right to discharge any volunteer at any time for any reason.
* This requirement is waived for residents of Lewis County, TN
Will I get to see elephants? The Sanctuary does not guarantee any elephant sightings. The resident elephants have access to a wide range of habitat areas. Volunteers will NOT be working in the elephant habitats.
What is the schedule?
How many people will be in my Volunteer Day group? Each day will have eight to ten volunteers plus at least one staff member.
May I bring a guest with me? Each accepted volunteer has the option to bring a guest along with them. If you are not planning on bringing a guest, please note that on your application form. It is not necessary for your guest to be a donor to The Sanctuary.
If I volunteered last year, can I volunteer again this year? In order to allow more people the opportunity to participate, The Sanctuary doesn’t allow individuals to volunteer onsite two years in a row. If you volunteered in 2022, you are ineligible for 2023. Please do not apply.
Where do I stay? Volunteers are responsible for their own accommodations. The Sanctuary will happily provide recommendations. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE RESERVATIONS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION EMAIL FROM THE SANCTUARY.
What dates are available for 2023?
What safety protocols are the sanctuary taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? All volunteers and participating staff must submit proof of vaccination prior to Volunteer Day experience.
No Opportunities Currently Available.
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