Volunteers help further the mission of The Elephant Sanctuary in lots of ways! If you are interested in donating your time and energy to help, read below for details about volunteer opportunities.
The 2019 Volunteer Application has closed. Thank you for your submissions. To be notified when the next volunteer application becomes available, sign up for EleNews at the bottom of this page.
As the saying goes, “many hands make light work.” Volunteers provide The Sanctuary with additional help to complete a variety of work projects that may be too numerous or time consuming for regular staff to complete.
Individual volunteers only allowed on-grounds on official Volunteer Days designated by The Sanctuary. The Sanctuary will begin accepting applications for all 2020 Volunteer Days in late January 2020. Sign up for EleNews to receive notification when the application period begins.
To be eligible for the 2020 Volunteer Days, applicants must be:
Sanctuary members (Become a Member)
18 years of age at time of volunteer day OR
15-17 years of age and have parent/guardian written consent
In good physical condition, able to walk and stand for hours at a time
Able to lift up to 20 lbs
Comfortable with working indoors and outdoors in the heat, rain, or cold
Flexible and willing to have fun while working at The Sanctuary.
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.
Will I get to see elephants?
Volunteers will not have any direct contact with the elephants. The elephants are never put on display at The Sanctuary. If the volunteer work project happens in viewing proximity of the elephants, then so be it. There is no guarantee that volunteers will see elephants.
What is the schedule?
8:00 a.m. orientation at our Welcome Center in Downtown Hohenwald, TN.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. work projects
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Brown bag lunch
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Complete work projects and depart.
How many people will I be working with?
Due to needs and safety concerns, we’ll limit each volunteer day roster to twelve individuals. This group will be directly supervised by The Sanctuary Staff at all times.
Can I bring someone with me?
You can apply for yourself and one other person. Each volunteer 'party' is limited to two in order to allow more people the opportunity to participate.
If I volunteered last year, can I volunteer again this year?
In order to allow more people to participate, participants in the 2019 Volunteer Days are ineligible to volunteer again in 2020. If you volunteered in 2019, you will again be eligible in 2021.
What should I bring?
Accepted volunteers will receive a 'packing list' via email.
Where do I stay?
Volunteers are responsible for their own accommodations. We’ll happily provide recommendations.
Pet and Tobacco-Free Facility
We’re animal lovers here, but this is for the safety of all involved, we do not allow pets on site. The Elephant Sanctuary is a tobacco-free facility.
Only volunteers who have registered and been approved by staff will be allowed on grounds.
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
If you are interested in becoming an EleAmbassador, please fill out the form below and The Sanctuary’s Volunteer and Outreach Manager will get back to you shortly!