Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!




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Docent Volunteers

Applications due by Friday, September 12, 2014

Docent/Education Volunteers have the best fish tales in town. Docents are stationed throughout the Aquarium galleries to share information about the habitats, animals and plants. As a docent, you will be equipped with interesting and fun facts that will impress any visitor. Docent shifts are available Monday thru Sunday, 9:30 am - 2 pm or 1:30 pm to 6 pm. We especially need weekend docents!

Docent volunteers should:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be enthusiastic and cheerful
  • Have good oral communication skills
  • Have an interest in working with the public, animals, plants, habitats or the environment
  • Be available to work one 4½ hour shifts once a week
  • Requires standing and walking through building
  • Have access to a computer

Basic duties:  
  • Answer questions as visitors tour the Aquarium
  • Interpreting exhibits and the habitats and explaining exhibit animals and plants
  • Sharing an environmental message to the general public that stresses the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of stewardship
  • Extending hospitality to visitors touring the Tennessee Aquarium

  • Attend all 8 training sessions on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 23, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Pass an AquaAssement at the conclusion of the training course

  • Two 4½ hour shifts are available each day, from 9:30 am -2 pm or 1:30 pm - 6 pm seven days a week
  • We especially need weekend volunteers!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please print and complete the volunteer application and send to us. We will contact you to set up an interview.