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Ijams would not be Ijams without our dedicated volunteers. Each year, volunteers at Ijams log more than 10,000 hours of educational programming, trail maintenance, visitor services, and special events.

Volunteers support Ijams in many different ways:

  • Naturalists – Volunteer educators lead school group hikes, run public programs, set up touch tables and information booths, and much more. You don’t have to know every rock, tree and bird at Ijams; we’re looking for people who are enthusiastic and willing to share their love of the outdoors with others.
  • Animal Care – This unpaid internship allows for the opportunity to work with our non-releasable education animals, while also assisting with their daily care. These interns are required to work approximately 10-15 hours each month in order to have the chance to be trained in handling the animals. Time is spent feeding, assisting with cage and aquarium maintenance, light cleaning in the exhibit hall, and cleaning the outdoor enclosures. Learn more here.
  • Park Maintenance – Three hundred acres is a lot of space, and we need folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get dirty! Our trail volunteers maintain more than 12 miles of trails throughout the park by mulching, weeding and removing invasive species. Volunteers also work in our greenhouse and organic gardens planting, propagating and harvesting crops.
  • Special Events – Volunteers are essential in helping Ijams put on some of the biggest and best events in East Tennessee. From our Meadow Lark Music Festival to Horror Movie Nights to our spectacular Symphony in the Park, volunteers assist in every aspect of our events. Every month brings opportunities to help out with events, big and small.
  • Behind the Scenes – In every nonprofit organization, “behind the scenes” volunteers are the unsung heroes. They answer the phones, help visitors navigate the trails, assist with office work and generally keep the place running smoothly.

Can you think of other creative uses for your talents? Let us put your skills to work!

If you want to find out more about volunteering at Ijams, or if you have additional questions, feel free to contact our awesome Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Bird, at (865) 577-4717 ex 135 or lbird@ijams.org.

Ijams Nature Center is an equal rights employer committed to diversity in staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, visitors and program participants without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

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Navitat is now accepting applications for seasonal employment! If you enjoy being outdoors, love working with people and want to be up in the trees, visit this link for more information: