Volunteer

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.

EleAmbassador Program

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.

What you can expect from us:

  • Online training and other resources equipping you to be a model spokesperson
  • Invitation to an online community to share ideas and be inspired by other EleAmbassadors
  • Materials and merchandise to support your work
  • Recognition of your work in The Sanctuary's social media, online and print publications
Elephant Sanctuary Volunteers Giving a Presentation

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!

Become an Eleambassador

On-Site Volunteer Opportunities

The Elephant Sanctuary's onsite Volunteer Day Program will resume in 2022, provided that it is deemed safe by health officials and other authorities. To be kept aware of all new developments and volunteer opportunities, please subscribe to EleNews! 

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. 

Each Volunteer Day, a small group of individuals will spend a day working alongside staff on grounds 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 make The Sanctuary a better home for our elephants.

The Elephant Sanctuary does not offer volunteer experiences that include interaction with elephants.

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.

Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Volunteers Working On-Site

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have made a gift of $50 or more to The Sanctuary in the past year** (Give Now)
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of your volunteer day OR
  • If 15 to 17 years of age, must have parent/guardian’s written consent
  • Be in good physical condition, able to walk on uneven terrain, bend and squat, be on your feet for hours at a time
  • Be able to lift up to 20 lbs
  • Be comfortable working outdoors in extreme heat, rain, and cold

** This requirement is waived for residents of Lewis County, TN

The Elephant Sanctuary is a pet and tobacco-free facility.

No Opportunities Currently Available.

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