High school students: Are you interested in animals and the environment? Do you enjoy teaching others? The ZooTeens program offers you an opportunity to work with the public while gaining conservation education experience.

Each summer high school students gain real-world work experience at the zoo: sharing animal info and conservation stories, presenting to groups and working with children at zoo camps. Some ZooTeens work one summer; other high-schoolers return every year.

Who can be a ZooTeen?

Apply if you:

  • are entering ninth to 12th grade
  • like working with the public and want to develop your public speaking skills
  • are interested in conservation
  • like learning about animals and sharing that information with others
  • can commit to pre-season training in June and and are available to commit the time to at least one of the opportunities described below

How do I become a ZooTeen?

  1. Attend a family informational session on January 26th  or January 29th.
  2. Fill out an online application, due March 1st
    *Everyone who attends an info session will be emailed the link for the application afterwards
  3. Participate in an in-person group interview in March
  4. If selected, attend pre-season training

Program tuition provides students with uniform shirt, name tag, training, conservation education and mentoring by zoo professionals. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available. Some schools offer credit for being a ZooTeen--check with your school's guidance counselor.

Ways to get involved

There are a few different opportunities for teens to volunteer their time to the Oregon Zoo. Each role has a different level of training, amount of time commitment and focus of volunteer work. Click the name of the role for more details.

Community Conservation Advocates

Engage visitors, share information about the zoo and educate guests about local conservation efforts.

Camp Crew

Work side-by-side with camp staff to provide day campers with a fun, safe, educational experience at the zoo.

ZooTeen Interpreters

Guide visitors in interactions with ambassador animals at the Family Farm, goat kraal and Insect Zoo; focusing on natural history of animals, global conservation issues and actions that support wildlife.

For parents

ZooTeens is both a work experience and an educational activity. Teens are asked to make a commitment of time and enthusiasm to the zoo. Your support is vital to ensure your child honors their commitment.