ZooTeens

We are not currently recruiting for any of our volunteer programs.

We look forward to recruiting for limited volunteer opportunities in the spring of 2021.

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?

It's a big committment! You can 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 education; learning about animals and sharing that information with others
  • want to volunteer near animals
  • can commit to four days of training (2 weekday evenings and 2 weekend full-day) in June and 10 hours of volunteering per week (two 5 hour shifts) from mid-June to Labor Day, with a two week vacation

What you'll do

As a ZooTeen, your day is varied and busy. You will:

  • help young visitors interact with and learn about animals at the Family Farm
  • learn about the zoo and its animals
  • talk to the public about animals throughout the zoo
  • lead activities at the family farm and out on zoo grounds

How do I become a ZooTeen?

The Summer 2020 application period has ended. Please check back here in January for applications for ZooTeens 2021.

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.